The Map Collection exists to gather, preserve, and make available cartographic materials, specifically concerning Massachusetts and the New England states, within the W.E. B. Du Bois Library. Materials are not publicly accessible and are available by appointment only.
Maps of Massachusetts form a special focal area for the Collection, including recent and historic maps of the Commonwealth and its communities. Older and rare maps are located within the Historic Map Collection of the Department of Special Collections and Archives.
** Extensive online Map resources may be found here, courtesy of the Perry-Casteneda Library at the University of Texas. **
Additional Massachusetts map resources:
Historic, General, Environmental and Geosciences
William P. MacConnell Aerial Photograph Collection
Digital Sanborn Maps for the 6 New England states database
Detailed depictions of cities and their structures for over a century. Building dimensions, construction details, and significant building features
David Rumsey Map Collection database of historic atlases
Boston Streets. Digitized historical atlas of the Boston Area. Tufts University
Boston Subsurface Project . Boston history, soil, and buildings. Historic maps showing changes since 1775. Surficial geology and subsurface conditions found in a soil boring, and connected to existing buildings and their foundations with the soil conditions beneath them. Tufts University
Historic USGS Maps of Massachusetts. University of New Hampshire
Library of Congress Panoramic Map 1847-1929. Includes 100 views of Massachusetts towns in the 19th century.
MACRIS Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System, database on historic structures, properties and areas in Massachusetts
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection. Historic city maps of Boston and Fall River.
Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library. Early American maps
Early Maps of the Connecticut River Valley by Harry Wright. From Cornell University Library
Massachusetts Historical Society. Early Massachusetts maps
American Factfinder. Census Bureau reference maps:
Boston Redevelopment Authority. Maps of Boston and its neighborhoods.
Citizen Information Service. Massachusetts County and legislative district maps.
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
Environmental and Geoscience
Dynamic Digital Maps. Christopher D. Condit, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Geoscience thematic maps with linked photo icons, map symbols, and site images.
Massachusetts Resource Identification Project (MRIP). GIS based natural resource identification and preservation project.
Office of the Massachusetts State Geologist: Extensive geoscience map links
Woods Hole Science Center. Marine studies maps for Massachusetts coast and ocean areas.