Maps Access

This is the main page to access the maps collections. There are currently three main sections of maps available with a new section on Civil War maps coming soon. If you have any problem accessing these pages or if you have ideas for other maps that we can include in here, be sure to contact Adrian Williams.

State and County MapsThis collection represents the bulk of the library and contains the most commonly accessed files we have. Please choos a state from either the map or the table and you will be taken to the page for that state.

US Map Alabama Alaska Arizona Arizona Arkansas California California California California Colorado Connecticut Connecticut Delaware Delaware District of Columbia Florida Florida Florida Georgia Georgia Hawaii Idaho Idaho Illinois Illinois Indiana Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Louisiana Louisiana Maine Maryland Maryland Massachusetts Massachusetts Michigan Michigan Minnesota Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Missouri Missouri Montana Montana Nebraska Nebraska Nevada Nevada New Hampshire New Hampshire New Jersey New Jersey New Mexico New York New York North Carolina North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Ohio Oklahoma Oklahoma Oregon Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina South Dakota Nebraska Tennessee Tennessee Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas Utah Utah Vermont Vermont Virginia Virginia Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wisconsin Wyoming default

United States MapsThis section displays maps of national interest. Maps that show our westward expansion, our land survey systems, and more will be included here.

North America, 1845 (544k)
This 1845 French map shows an Independent Texas and the U. S. southwest as 100% “Mexique” (Mexico). It is from the Atlas Universel Illustré. The map is titled Amérique Septentrionale. The map measures about 7 x 8 inches, while the printed area is about 17 x 11 inches. Printed outside the actual map but within the borders are various American animals (not shown here). A thumbnail version is used in our masthead design.

US Principal Meridians and Base Lines - small (761k)
United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1988. Submitted by Dan Rathbun.

US Principal Meridians and Base Lines - large (1,111k)
United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1988. Submitted by Dan Rathbun.

U. S. Meridians and Baselines (479k)
In many parts of the United States, land is surveyed with respect to an initial point defined by the intersection of a Prime Meridian and a Base Parallel of Latitude. Many such systems have been established at different times to cover different territories. This map shows the ones in use for the 48 contiguous states.

National Geographic Vol. 26 - July-Dec, 1914 (278k)
Map of Grand Canyon from Green River Wyoming to mouth of ado River in Mexico

Western United States, circa 1897 (742k)
Includes Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and parts of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming from "Natural Elementary Geography", Redway and Hinman, American Book Company

Pacific States and Territories (647k)
James Monteith, 1884 - This is a neat map which includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Map of Idaho Montana and Wyoming
International Cyclopaedia: Vol VII (1892), Dodd, Mead & Company

The New Reference Atlas of the World, -1910 (1.4 mb)
"A new series of phisical, political and historical maps compliled from government surveys exibiting the latest results of geographical research. With special chapters on the discovery of the North Pole, the Panama Canal, ect" New York, C. S. Hammond & Company. Scanned and donated by George Stephan.

Indian Land Cessions to the United States Treaty MapsThis collection provides maps of the land cessions made by American Indian Nations during the interval between the formal establishment of the United States and 1894. Go to the Maps -->


The United States Digital Map Library is a free, volunteer-based project whose intent is to make public digitized copies of all historical maps.


We are always looking for more maps! If you have access to maps that we don't yet have a copy of on the site, please consider submitting them to the site. Be sure to visit the submissions page for more information on what we can and cannot take as well as submission procedures.


The project is in serious need of volunteers who are willing to take coordinate the map content for a state (or several states!). It doesn't take a lot of time and your efforts are so valuable to the preservation and publication of historical maps.

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