This collection of maps of Africa includes maps of regions, countries, and cities, showing basic topographical features and/or, in some cases, topical themes. Maps date from the 16th century through the present day. Sectional maps from contiguous-area map series, plates from atlases, bird's-eye views, and guides, indexes, and other texts that accompany maps or are part of atlases may also be found here. Maps depicting Africa may also be found in other collections, including the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection, the collection of Atlases, Gazetteers, Guidebooks and Other Books, and various collections of the Schomburg Center’s Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division and the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division. The maps in the Maps of Africa collection have varying provenance. Some come from the Astor and Lenox libraries, which formed the foundation of NYPL's holdings; others were purchased by the Library or received as gifts from diverse sources over the years.