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The Afriterra Foundation mission centers on a long-term educational commitment to:

  • Provide access to cartographic material
  • Create a visual connection to heritage
  • Transport through time and space
  • Internalize a distant place
  • Touch and feel a foundation
  • Draw a line of continuity
  • Know the geography of the land
  • Give homage to the ancestors of the Diaspora.


The AFRITERRA Foundation is a non-profit Cartographic Library and Archive assembling and preserving the original rare maps of Africa in a definitive place for education and interpretation. We view cartography as a medium that uniquely links art, technology, and history.


  • Afriterra staff member Lucia Lovison-Golob, Ph.D. contributed to the SCOLMA book, African Studies in the Digital Age: Disconnects? published in September 2014. Her article, "The Integration of Historical Cartography into the Present Day: The Darfur Case" is available from our Research page.

  • Afriterra is honored to participate to the Open Data Access and Intellectual Property Rights (ODAIPR) Working Group of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). For a view of the ODAIPR working group activities, please visit their web page here.

  • Afriterra recently donated a wall-sized Blaeu map of the African continent to the Suffolk University Sawyer Library. The map is an exquisite demonstration of the melding of art and science in 17th century cartography. This map is on display in the Sawyer Library and can be viewed in our online catalog.

  • Our online searchable database of the maps in the Afriterra collection is now available.
    Along with raw data about the maps, a new set of high-resolution scans is available. The digitization of more than 2000 maps has been completed, with further digitization ongoing.
    You can access the Catalog here. It represents the first phase of the Afriterra Digital Initiative, a broad vision that seeks to use technology to provide universal open access to the material in our collection as well as a collaborative environment in which to share knowledge.

  • Afriterra has joined forces with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization ( We are in discussions about a formal partnership; as an early collaboration, OLPC has included some of our hi-resolution map images on the first batch of their laptops that are currently in production. These ultra-portable PCs will be distributed to children and schools in the world's most remote and under-developed locations.

  • Afriterra, being a privately funded non-profit institution, is always interested in learning about potential partnering and funding opportunities. If you have any information or contacts that could lead to partnerships, grants, or other sources of funding for our work, please contact us.
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