The AGS Library is one of the premier collections of its kind in North America, containing over 1.3 million items including maps, atlases, books, periodicals, and photographs. The cartographic collection dates to 1452, with particular strengths in documents related to American empire. The collections are vast and varied, and include, for example, the portfolio of maps used by the Americandelegation to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919; an original copy of the 1861 Daedong yeojido by Korean cartographer Kim Jeong-ho; and extensive collections from Latin America, Asia and Polar regions. 


Photographic collections reflect the global travels and studies of individual geographers and members of the Society throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, with particularly notable collections in polar exploration and Western U.S. expansion. Archives include various collections related to the history of American geography. Books and periodicals include an extensive collection of early travel literature and guidebooks, as well as a rich historical collection of globally produced geographical periodicals. 



Currently, there are two types of eligibility: 

  • Scholars at all levels, including faculty and Ph.D. dissertators, at U.S. federally defined Minority-Serving Institutions are eligible for the AGSL Fellowships for MSI Scholars. ($600/week, up to 4 weeks) 
  • Scholars at all levels, including faculty and Ph.D. dissertators, at any university are eligible for John and Helen Best Fellowships. ($400/week, up to 4 weeks)

Complete fellowship descriptions can be found on the AGSL website. Past fellowship recipients have included scholars of history, geography, cartography, climate, environmental studies, and literature. Lists of previous AGSL fellowship recipients and their projects may be found here and hereApplications for the 2017 fellowships are due on November 4, 2016.


Please contact Curator Marcy Bidney ( with questions about the fellowships or our collections. Photos of the AGS Library can be viewed on our Flickr page


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