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Maps and Geospatial Information: Scanned maps

This is the guide to the Library's Map Collection, and information regarding Geospatial Information.

Scanned maps

  • Map Collections at the Library of Congress -- These collections include scans of some of the nation's most important, and historic maps.
  • Sanborn maps at the Library of Congress -- These incredibly detailed maps show the buildings in thousands of cities.  Most maps date from from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.  Use the list of cities & states on the left side of the screen to navigate.  Golden, Colorado has 3 sets -- 1886, 1890, 1895.
  • David Rumsey Collection -- Scans of historic maps from a private map collection--over 71,000 incredible images!
  • University of Texas, Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library, Map Collection -- Huge selection of scanned maps that have been produced various U.S. Federal Government agencies including the USGS, National Park Service, Army Map Service, and CIA.
  • Persuasive Cartography -- The PJ Mode Collection -- "This is a collection of “persuasive” cartography: ​more than 800 ​ maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs - to send a message - rather than to communicate geographic information. The collection reflects a variety of persuasive tools ​, including​ allegorical, satirical and pictorial mapping; selective inclusion; unusual use of projections, color, graphics and text; and intentional deception. Maps in the collection address a wide range of messages: religious, political, military, commercial, moral and social."
  • CartoMundi has scanned more than 6,500 (mostly) topographic maps of world.  The website is in French but has an English button.  Most of the maps are in French.