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Cartographic Visual: Topographical Photographs

A variety of different types of map or visual print resources.

About Topographical Photographs

Collections of photographs from the 19th and early 20th century of locations in Belgium, Egypt, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy and Scotland, including a collection of photographs produced by the French studio Bisson Frères.

  • Dates: [1834-1914]
  • Extent: 96 items
  • Contents: Photographs
  • Languages: English, French, Italian

Access & Use

Items from the collection must be requested in advance.

They must be used in the Rare Books Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives.

See Special Collections & Archives' Opening Hours for the hours when this room is open.

Samples of Topographical Photographs

BL/CV/PhT/Italy/Florence/2 FIRENZE – La Cattedrale da Or S. Michele

BL/CV/PhT/Italy/Milan/2 Duomo di Milano

BL/CV/PhT/Scotland/2 Glencoe, The Scene of the Massacre

BL/CV/PhT/England/3 York Minster West towers

BL/CV/PhT/Italy/1 Bellagio ed i Due Laghi

Reprographics & Copyright

Items in the Topographical Photographs Collection are out of copyright.

As many items are annotated the individual copies of each work are considered unique, therefore please fill in the appropriate form before taking photographs or scanning pages.

As some items may be fragile please check with Special Collections & Archives' staff if photography or scanning is possible.

In addition if reprographics are required for publication then permission to use the material must be sought from the Special Collections Librarian.

Opening Hours

12 September - 21 December 2022: All rooms: Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays) 11:00-16:30.

Microform & Reference Reading Rooms: Wednesday: 11:00-19:15. 

Closed: 31 October 2022. 

We are open to UCC staff and students, and members of the public. 


For more information about what items must be requested and to request them via the online request form see Request Special Collections & Archives.


In addition, we continue offering:

  • Scan & Deliver for Special Collections' material including items in the Reference Reading Room, Microform and items that show Special Collections by Request / Special Collections by Appointment on the library catalogue.
  • Reprographic requests for manuscripts & archival material via

Every effort will be made to fulfil scan & deliver / reprographic types of requests, but this may not always be possible due to availability, copyright restrictions, size and condition of materials. Due to the time-consuming nature of fulfilling requests across multiple microfilm reels rather than journal articles/book chapters there is a limit of 5 items in a week. 

If you have any queries relating to our collections please email This email address is monitored regularly.