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United States Maps

The majority of United States maps in the Map Collection are recent and historic United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps dating from the beginning of the survey in the late 19th century, with varying scales from 1:12,000 to 1:250,000

Other United States maps include Bureau of Land Management maps depicting water and mineral rights, geologic atlases, national forest and park maps, aerial and satellite photos, and historic facsimiles.  Thematic maps include environmental and geosciences, biogeography, human and cultural geography, political, economy, mines and mineral resources, agriculture, forests and vegetation, commerce, transportation, communication, manufacturing, public works and history.

The more recent USGS topographic quadrangles may be located by state in the Library's online catalog.  Title search "topographic maps of (state)".

Most of the Collection's other United States maps are not entered in the Library's online catalog, but a limited number map may be found through a subject search for "United States maps".

Additional United States map resources

Historic

David Rumsey Map Collection database of historic atlases
http://www.davidrumsey.com/northamericanatlases.html

Digital Sanborn Maps for the New England states database
Sanborn Maps give detailed depictions of cities and their structures for over a century. They include such information as building dimensions, construction details, and significant building features
http://sanborn.umi.com/

Gilmer Civil War Maps Collection
http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/gilmer/

Historic USGS maps of New England New York. University of New Hampshire
http://docs.unh.edu/nhtopos/nhtopos.htm

Indian Land Cessions.  US digital map library.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwss-ilc.html

Library of Congress Map Collections, historic and recent
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html

New York Public Library Digital Gallery. Historic USA and state maps.
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgdivisionbrowseresult.cfm?trg=1&div_id=hm

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
http://maps.bpl.org

Special Collections and Archives Historic Maps
http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/maps/

Online Maps. Yale University.  Historic world maps.
http://www.library.yale.edu/MapColl/index.html

General

Color Landform Atlas of the US.  Johns Hopkins University.
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html

GeoData.Gov
http://geo.data.gov/geoportal/catalog/main/home.page

MAGIC Map and Geographic Information Center. University of Connecticut
http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/

National Map Small Scale Collection
http://www.nationalatlas.gov/index.html

National Map.  USGS online interactive map service.
http://nationalmap.gov/

National Park Service GIS
http://www.nps.gov/gis/

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/united_states.html

Stanford University's Websites for Digital GIS Data.
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/gis/web.html

US Census Bureau Geography
http://www.census.gov/geo/www/index.html

USGS United States Geological Survey.  Ordering, maps, publications, digital data sets, aerial photos and satellite images
http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/

 

 

Last Edited: 1 December 2014