Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers: A to Z Resources in Maps
This guide is designed to assist individuals and groups who wish to use the approx. 240,000 maps and 5,500 atlases and gazetteers, held in the Harold B. Lee Library Map Collection. Also included is a large assortment of online geographic resources
Atlas des Deutschen Reichs (Atlas of the German Empire)The Atlas des Deutschen Reichs by Ludwig Ravenstein (1883) helps in tracing the roots of families with origins in any part of the German empire from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Besides Germany, the maps of this atlas also cover the bordering portions of present-day Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Due to the large scale of its maps (1:850,000) and its thorough gazetteer of place-names, one can locate even small towns and villages on the maps in the Ravenstein atlas.
Atlas of CIS and Baltic States CD-ROM
Atlas of Historical County BoundariesSelect a state from the map to view all of the Atlas' content related to that state, including interactive maps, shapefiles, chronologies, and metadata.
British and Irish towns: fire insurance plans - British LibraryJust zoom in as close as you wish on the map of the British Isles. As you begin to see detail, more dots over each town will appear. Click on any dot you wish, and a fire insurance plan of that neighborhood will display. Under View this map, click on Online Gallery, and several viewing options will appear, along with a detailed description.
British History OnlineBritish History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
CIA World FactbookThis link opens in a new windowAlternate title: World Factbook. Provides a country-by-country listing of basic statistical and factual information. A few miscellaneous areas such as Antarctica and the West Bank are also included. Entries average two pages in length. Updated annually.
Estonia Place Names DatabaseThis link opens in a new windowSince independence in 1991, Estonia has renamed a number of its towns and cities. Some, back to their pre-Soviet occupation names. This English searchable database, provides access to current as well as variant place names within Estonia and elsewhere. Once a query is submitted, maps are viewable by clicking on GeoNames in the Coordinates field. Details for each map pin are viewable by clicking on the pin icon next to the name listed below.
Estonia Place Names DatabaseSince independence in 1991, Estonia has renamed a number of its towns and cities. Some, back to their pre-Soviet occupation names. This English searchable database, provides access to current as well as variant place names within Estonia and elsewhere. Once a query is submitted, maps are viewable by clicking on GeoNames in the Coordinates field. Details for each map pin are viewable by clicking on the pin icon next to the name listed below.
Find A County - National Association of Counties (NACO)This site provides several ways to locate any county nationwide. Selecting the state displays a county list. Naming the county takes you right to their information page. From there you can view the county in Google Maps, link to the official county web page, or email elected county officials.
Gazetteer to AMS 1:25,000 Maps of East GermanyThis gazetteer lists geographical place names for the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany), and provides along with the place name, its Designation or type, Grid Reference, Latitude, Longitude, and the Sheet Number to the Army Map Service 1:25,000 scale M841 series.
Geology of Britain ViewerFrom the British Geological Survey, this is a viewer for 1:625,000 and 1:50,000 scale digital geological maps. Click on the map to view a description of the geology. Also includes a geology key. The base map can be changed as well as layer transparency.
German Maps (Topographische Karte 1:25,000)Topographic 1:25,000 scale maps of pre-WWII Germany. If you are looking for a specific location, and don't know which named sheet to display, refer to the Gazetteer to AMS 1:25,000 maps of East and West Germany, listed within this guide. Clicking on one of the 4 volumes will take you to its title page on Internet Archive. Within these title pages, are links to the other 3 volumes, as well as back to BYU's Germany Map page. Maneuver thru any of the 4 gazetteers, and identify the sheet number for the place you are interested in. Note that there are abbreviated location types such as streams, mountains, populated places, for many similar place name. Once you have a sheet number, return to this site, by clicking back to the gazetteer's title page, and then the BYU's Germany Map page link. Enter the sheet number in the search box. Once the map is displayed, you have several viewing and downloading options.
Global Forest Change - University of MarylandView geographically the loss, gain, and extent of forests worldwide. Zoom in and out to see the detailed changes over time for areas and regions that are of interest. Choose between multiple display options.
Google MapsGoogle Maps is an online service that allows users in the U.S. and Canada to find location information, navigate through maps, and get directions quickly and easily.
Historic Maps of New England and New YorkThe University of New Hampshire's Library's online collection of over 1500 USGS topographic maps includes complete geographical coverage of New England and New York from the 1890s to 1950s.
Historical Atlas of Islam CD-ROM
Historical County Boundary Maps (randymajors.com)Just type in a present day place name including the 2 letter state code. Select a year, and click go. The county boundary for that year will display. Click within the boundary and more information will display. You must use modern place names. By clicking the arrows on either side of the date, country boundaries will change in 10 year intervals.
Historical Map & Chart CollectionFrom the NOAA Office of Coast Survey. Mainly historic nautical charts of U.S. Waters and Possessions. But also includes historical regional maps from around the world.
History and Geography of EuropeHistorical maps of Europe, the Middle East, Roma. Geography maps from World Atlas. Antique Maps from Antique Cartography, Lesage Atlas 1808 and the Peutinger Map. And Europe Photos from Time Pictures and Countries of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.
History of Cartography, University of Chicago PressOn this site the University of Chicago Press is pleased to present the first three volumes of the History of Cartography in PDF format. Navigate to the PDFs from the left column. Each chapter of each book is a single PDF. The search box on the left allows searching across the content of all the PDFs that make up the first six books.
Holy Land Maps - University of FloridaThe maps are organized by five conventional ages of cartography. Within these periods the entries are organized by countries in order of their prominence in map making during the height of the Age. The entries are then organized by date and cartographer.
Latin Place Names FileA thesaurus of Latin place names found in the imprints of books printed before 1801. Gives vernacular equivalents in AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules) form.
Latvia CD-ROM Atlas
Lehi City (Utah) MapsGeneral Plan Land Use Map, Master Transportation Plan Map, Parks Map, Trails Map, Zone Map, Subdivision Map, Scout Merit Badge Map.
Library of Congress "American Memory" Map Collections: 1500-2002The Library of Congress Map Collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Search using keywords or browse by geographic location, subject, creator, or title to find both historical and panoramic maps on Americana.
Lindon City MapsPlease contact the Development Department at 801-785-7687 for the most current maps and requirements.
MacMillan Digital World Atlas CD-ROM
Map Art Canada Street Locator CD-ROM
Map Expert CD-ROM
Map Projection TransitionsAn attempt to portray the spherical earth on a flat plain. A drop down menu allows you to select any projection you wish. By clicking and dragging your mouse across the image, you can center, flip, or otherwise position your world however you choose.
Maps.Utah.GovMaps of Utah grouped by: Subject, Title, Geographic Extent, Host Agency, Current Issues, Frequently Requested; as well as maps for sale and data for download.
Maritime Boundaries by International MappingProvides users with the most accurate and up-to-date synopsis of the world’s maritime spaces. Exclusive features include: best interactive map of maritime boundaries on the web, free Boundary Brief and GIS Data samples to download, and premium content for purchase (GIS Data, Boundary Briefs, Map Posters).
National Library of Scotland : Mosaic ViewerPlease choose an historic map overlay below, and then using the gazetteer or map, zoom in or Zoom to this historic overlay to view the overlay. Different modern base map layers (upper right) can also be viewed by sliding the Transparency Slider (upper left of map)
Old Maps OnlineProvides a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.
Origins of Canada's Geographical NamesAssembled is some information on the names of Canada's provinces, territories, and capital cities; origins of some Aboriginal community names; and a variety of articles on interesting names across the country.
OS Get a Map - The Ordnance Survey's Get a Map systemOS getamap is the new online map application from Ordnance Survey where you can: Create your own walking, cycling, and running routes. Swap between views of OS Explorer maps, OS Landranger maps, satellite and new Zoom-Map. Zoom in and out of the maps. Print and save maps to your folder. Share your customized maps with friends and family. Get the quickest and shortest driving directions. Search for ready-made routes from other getamap users and featured brands. Check the local weather and news before you set off. Import and export routes using GPX and KML format. Import and export your routes via your Garmin handheld GPS device. And find great places to go and things to do and save them on your map.
Sanborn Maps (ProQuest)This link opens in a new windowSanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
Sanborn Maps (Utah)Reconstructing the Past through Utah Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Home - An innovative portal for all available Utah Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps hosted at the J. Willard Marriott Library, complete with individual map links, georeferenced map files (KMZ/zip) and interactive Google Earth viewers.
Sanborn Maps (Wikipedia)A good history and analysis of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. Including a list of digital access points, linking to individual digital collections, under the heading External Links.
Scanned maps, Scales 1:50,000 to 1:125,000Zoom in to an area of interest. The Layers drop down function shows you the countries that are available to view. Turn layers on or off as you wish. The Basemap dropdown function allows you to change the background. Each red square is a single available map. Click on a square and a brief description of the map sheet will appear. Click on More Info to view the actual map. Right click on the map to save or download the image.
Scanned maps, Scales 1:200,000 to 1:253,440Zoom in to an area of interest. The Layers drop down function shows you the countries that are available to view. Turn layers on or off as you wish. The Basemap dropdown function allows you to change the background. Each red square is a single available map. Click on a square and a brief description of the map sheet will appear. Click on More Info to view the actual map. Right click on the map to save or download the image.
ScotlandsPlacesAllows you to search locations in Scotland, which results in a list and brief description. Click on the name and more details will appear, including photos and a location map.
Trulia Maps - Real Estate Overview MapAs the second largest real estate search engine, Trulia provides in-depth community and neighborhood information across the nation. Advantageous information is displayed using drop down menus, including crime locations and descriptions, schools, commute times, local amenities, natural hazards, demographics, and real estate market updates both rentals and for sale. These all can be found for free, in one place, with no log-in or subscription required.
United Kingdom Historic MapsCreated and maintained by the Landmark Information Group, this Website offers roughly 85,000 images of historical maps of regions of the UK. The maps are dated between 1846 and 1899, and are of 1:10,560 scale. To ease navigation, Landmark has supplied a County Name Gazetteer.
United States Congressional District ShapefilesThis site provides digital boundary definitions for every U.S. Congressional District in use between 1789 and 2012. These were produced as part of NSF grant SBE-SES-0241647 between 2009 and 2013.
U.S. GazetteerProduced by the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes downloadable gazetteer files in 10 year increments, for multiple censuses, covering multiple census categories.
U.S. Military Academy - West Point - Our AtlasesProvides pdf files covering the battlefields of ; Ancient Warfare, The Dawn of Modern Warfare, American Colonial Wars, American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, War of 1812, Mexican War, American Civil War, Spanish American War, Chinese Civil War, WWI, WWII European Theater, WWII Asian/Pacific Theater, Korean War, Arab/Israel, Vietnam War, Wars and Conflicts since 1958 Eastern Hemisphere, Wars and Conflicts Since 1958 Western Hemisphere, The First Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
USGS Historical Topographic MapsFor more than 125 years, the U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps have accurately portrayed the complex geography of the Nation. Because historical maps are stored in a limited number of collections and are not readily available, these historical printed topographic quadrangles are now available in an electronic format (GeoPDF). This scanning and processing effort serves to make the maps available for viewing and download.
USGS Publications WarehouseCitations for 70,000+ publicationsAccess 40,000+ products and thematic mapsFull description of all USGS SeriesFind price and purchase options for hard copy publications
Utah Dept. of Administrative Services, Research GuidesUse these guides to understand how people and organizations have interacted with government over time, leaving a historical record. Most contain curated lists of records available to the public at the Research Center.
Utah Geological Survey : GIS Map DataGIS (Geographic Information System) data allow the user to create specialized maps in a computer environment by clipping the data to desired boundaries; stacking the data with other GIS data layers such as mineral resources, energy resources, cultural features, geologic units, or topographic features; or removing unneeded data. GIS data requires specialized software, which must be purchased or downloaded separately.
Wikimedia Commons - Atlas indexThe Wikimedia Atlas of the World is an organized and commented collection of geographical, political and historical maps available at Wikimedia Commons.
Wikimedia Commons - Stielers Handatlas 1891Stielers Handatlas (after Adolf Stieler, 1775-1836), formally titled "Hand-Atlas über alle Theile der Erde und über das Weltgebäude", was the leading German world atlas of the last three decades of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Published by Justus Perthes of Gotha (established 1785 and still existing there) it went through ten editions from 1816 to 1944.
Yahoo MapsThis site offers maps for locating addresses and driving directions. It includes route maps, interactive destination maps, distance in miles, approximate travel time, and written instructions.