The Map Collection exists to gather, preserve, and make available cartographic materials within the W.E. B. Du Bois Library. The Collection houses over 120,000 printed maps, charts, plans, aerial views, atlases, and other cartographic renderings depicting the universe, the world, the oceans, continents, countries, all of the United States and major cities. Thematic map subjects include the environmental and geosciences, land use, human and cultural geography, biogeography, economy, political boundaries, mines and mineral resources, recreation areas, travel and transportation, history, and many other subject areas. Materials in the Collection date from the late 19th century to recent times, and include some historic facsimiles. Older and rare maps are located within the Historic Map Collection of the Department of Special Collections and Archives.
Maps of Massachusetts form a special focal area for the Collection, including recent and historic maps of the Commonwealth and its communities.
The pages and links on this website will help to identify and locate materials in the Map Collection, additional University of Massachusetts resources and extensive digital resources for geographic information.