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Map Collections

The Kirkpatrick Library houses several map collections. These include the USGS:

Below are descriptions of these collections along with links to gazetteers and other useful information on the Internet. You will also find here links to teaching resources and news about maps.

Strategies for Finding Maps in JCKL

  • General Maps--Use Times Atlas of the World, Britannica Atlas, and MacMillen Centennial Atlas of the World (Reference Atlas Stands). Other atlases are located in Reference and the Circulating collections at G 1001 to G 3035

  • Larger Maps--Rand McNally Commercial Atlas and Marketing Guide and the National Atlas of the United States of America (Reference Atlas Stands)

  • Subject Oriented Maps--Examples: earthquakes, women's issues, languages, agriculture, etc.

    • Search Quest using keywords. Example: earthquakes and maps
    • Most general atlases contain subject-specific maps

  • Maps of individual countries--CIA maps, located in Government Documents at PREX 3.10/4:

  • Outline maps--Maps of File (Reference Atlas Stands) and State Maps on File (REF G1200 F3 1984)

  • Sheet Maps--These include a series called variously "quadrangle," "topographic," or "7.5 minute" maps. We do not have complete coverage of the United States. These are organized alphabetically by the state, then by the quadrangle name. Use the green index booklets to locate the quadrangle name.

  • National Geographic Maps--These are generally thematic maps originally received with an issue of the National Geographic Magazine. They are organized by LC Call Number order and are filed in the map collection.

  • Defense Mapping Agency and Army Map Service Maps--They are arranged by the American Geographical Society classification system. Use the index (on the map cases). Most of these maps date from the 1940s to the 1960s and were created by the U.S. Department of Defense. Most of these maps cover areas in France, Germany, Japan, parts of Southeast Asia, and north Africa. These maps are currently located in storage and available to view by appointment.

USGS Map Resources

  • About USGS Maps

    • USGS Maps--Describes the wide variety of maps available from the USGS

  • Online USGS Maps

    • USGS Digital Raster Graphics online Organized by state. Missouri's maps are available from the Missouri Spatial Data Information Service

    • TopoZone. Find 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale maps for the continental United States. Search by place name.

    • TerraServer Links to aerial photographs, topographic maps, USGS Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles (DOQ), and more.

    • Digital Elevation Data--GTOPO30, a global digital elevation model (DEM) with a horizontal grid spacing of 30 arc seconds (approximately 1 kilometer).

    • ASK USGS--Earth Science Information Center. Map information and more.

    • USGS Store--Locate and Order USGS Maps Online--7.5 minute topographic maps for all states. Search by place name and zip code, or click on a map.

    • HazardMaps A web-based collection of natural hazards, and supporting data, including the WebGIS Atlas and the Hazards Data Exchange. Mapped hazards include floods, tornadoes, hail, earthquakes, high winds, land subsidence, landslides, cyclones, tsunamis, and other events.

    • Terrafly Digital aerial photographs. Those covering the United States are courtesy of the USGS. Lets you "fly" across the country digitally.

  • Map Dealers in Missouri | Ordering Maps from USGS | Map Link

  • USGS Programs in Missouri

  • Elevations and Distances in the United States--Includes lists of , 50 Largest Cities, Highest and Lowest places, Summits (Over 14,000 Feet, Summits East of Rocky Mountains, Geographic Centers), Distances (From Extreme Points to Geographic Centers, Extreme Distances), and Lengths of US Boundaries.

  • National High Altitude Photography and National Aerial Photography Program--Not available in our library or online, but this site provides information for identifying and acquiring them.

  • Wildfire Response--from the USGS Rocky Mountain Mapping Center. Maps that have assisted wildfire firefighters.

Geologic Maps

Defense Mapping Agency

National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Census Bureau Maps

CIA Maps

  • CIA maps are unclassified maps created by the CIA. They often include political boundaries, place names, and physical features. Some may include social characteristics of the population, like language spoken, religion, or ethnic identity.
  • CIA Maps available online, a service created by the University of Texas, Austin, Library
  • CIA Maps available for purchase from the CIA

Historical Maps

  • Exploration and Discovery--This category documents the discovery and exploration of the Americas with both manuscripts and published maps.

  • Civil War Maps--The Civil War Map collection of the Geography and Map Division consists of reconnaissance, sketch, coastal, and theater-of-war maps which depict troop activities and fortifications during the Civil War.

  • David Rumsey Collection--a searchable collection of digitized historical cartographic resources. Their focus is 18th and 18th Century North and South American cartographic materials. View using either a Browser or a (Java Client available on their site).

  • Mapping the National Parks--The Mapping the National Parks collection documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks.

  • Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870--This collection of Liberia maps includes twenty examples from the American Colonization Society (ACS), organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa.

  • 1895 U.S. Atlas--includes state maps, county maps, and city & town data

  • Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929--Depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Also called bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale, they show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective.

  • Railroad Maps, 1829-1900--Included in this collection are maps depicting progress report surveys for individual lines, official government surveys, promotional maps, maps showing land grants and rights-of-way, and route guides published by commercial firms.

  • Historical Maps of the United States--The Perry-Casta–eda Library Map Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Library of Congress Map Collections, 1544-2004

  • Interactive Ancient Mediterranean--IAM is an atlas of the ancient (Mediterranean) world. It provides maps in both pdf and html formats. To view the pdf files, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free here.

  • Perseus Project at Tufts University. This project gathers information together, both text and images, describing Ancient and Classical Greece, from about 1200 to 323 B.C.

International Maps

  • Toporama  Centre for Topographic Information, Natural Resources, Canada--raster representation of part of the contents of the National Topographic Data Base (NTDB) at the 1:250 000 scale for all of Canada

  • Links to online international maps Produced by Penn State University Libraries.

Missouri Maps and Atlases

Other Online Maps

  • EnviroMapper

    • About: Interactive resource for mapping environmental information, including drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites.

  • Harvard Map Collection Online

  • HUD E-maps allows users to search databases from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for detailed information about specific toxic waste sites and other environmental hazards. Search by zip code, city, state, or address.

  • Digital GIS Data Meredith Williams, GIS Specialist, Branner Earth Science Library, Stanford University 


  • The library has atlases shelved in the map collection, in the Reference and circulating collections, and in government documents. Use the online catalog to locate particular atlases.


  • Geographic Names Information System--USGS site listing several location finder tools and gazetteers

  • GEOnet Names Server--The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) database of foreign geographic feature names. Approximately 20,000 of the database's 3.5 million features are updated monthly with names information approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN).

  • U.S. Gazetteer--From the U.S. Census Bureau. This gazetteer is used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census Lookup server. You can search for places, counties or MCDs by entering the name and state abbreviation (optional), or 5-digit zip code.

  • Geographical Names, Canada

  • EPA Surf Your Watershed--Search for watershed information by zip code, place names, stream name, etc.

Teaching and Reference Resources

Map News


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