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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


David Rumsey Map Collection database of historic atlases

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

Gilmer Civil War Maps Collection

Historic USGS maps of New England New York. University of New Hampshire

Indian Land Cessions.  US digital map library.

Library of Congress Map Collections, historic and recent

New York Public Library Digital Gallery. Historic USA and state maps.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

Special Collections and Archives Historic Maps

Online Maps. Yale University.  Historic world maps.


Color Landform Atlas of the US.  Johns Hopkins University.


MAGIC Map and Geographic Information Center. University of Connecticut

National Map Small Scale Collection

National Map.  USGS online interactive map service.

National Park Service GIS

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

Stanford University's Websites for Digital GIS Data.

US Census Bureau Geography

USGS United States Geological Survey.  Ordering, maps, publications, digital data sets, aerial photos and satellite images



Last Edited: 1 December 2014