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Research Guide: Maps & Atlases

  • Local Maps

    Campus Maps
    Includes a map with directions on how to get to campus.
    PortlandMaps was developed to give public access to GIS data integrated with other information from all city bureaus. Using this application, citizens can query, analyze, and review data on city properties, including crime levels, assessment and tax history, permits, proximity to parks & schools, and basic census information.
    TriMet Maps & Schedules
    Includes the bus schedules.
    Portland Bike Maps
    Citywide and neighborhood bike maps provided by the City of Portland's Office of Transportation.
    Sanborn Maps (a Public Library database)
    Historical street and lot maps of Oregon, Washington, and California. (more info)
  • Country Maps

    Maps from the CIA
    Part of the CIA World Factbook. Provides basic maps of all the continents; world political and physical maps; and a world time zone map.
    National Geographic Travel & Cultures Directory
    The National Geographic Society currently recognizes 194 independent nations. All of these, plus disputed areas, territories, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces, are profiled here. In each entry you'll find key geographic, demographic, and economic data as well as a brief overview. (more info)
    Xpeditions Atlas
    Black and white maps of continents and individual countries formatted for printing.
  • Historical Online Maps

    David Rumsey Collection
    The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection contains over 20,000 maps online and focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America cartographic history materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. The collection categories include old and antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, children and manuscript maps. Genealogy and family history can be studied on the maps. The online collection is an expanding cross section of digital images designed to highlight the depth of the collection. For more information, see this article about the collection.
    Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online
    The TGN is a structured vocabulary containing more than one million names and other information about places. The TGN includes all continents and nations of the modern political world, as well as historical places. It includes physical features and administrative entities, such as cities and nations. The emphasis in TGN is on places that are important for art and architecture.
    Digital General Land Office Maps - Oregon
    Also known as Donation Land Claim maps, these maps show the original settlement and ownership patterns in Oregon. (more info)
    Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    A strong collection of historical maps, including early maps of Colonial and Revolutionary America, maps depicting Union and Expansion, the American Civil War, and the emerging transportation infrastructure. Contains many maps of Georgia and the American South.
    Historical Topographic Map Collection - USGS
    The USGS is scanning all editions and all scales of topographic maps produced since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884. (more info)
    Map Collections, 1500 to the present
    An extensive collection of thematic maps from the American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress. Categories include cities & towns, environmental, discovery & exploration, immigration & settlement, military & battle, communication, and general maps.
    Maps of Africa
    Digitized antique maps of Africa and accompanying text; time span is from mid-16th century to the early 20th century. From the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (or the Africana Library) at Northwestern University. Search the collection or browse by title, cartographer, date, country or African region, or place of publication.
  • Topographic Maps

    USGS Map locator
    download USGS maps in pdf format. (more info)
    Topo USA
    Authentic USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle maps, plus DeLorme's updated topographic and street-level data. The USGS maps have been scanned directly by the USGS and are powered by the feature-rich DeLorme software engine. Access these USGS raster maps in 17 smooth-scrolling viewing levels in addition to 80 levels of updated DeLorme vector data.
    Oregon atlas & gazetteer
    A book with topographic maps of Oregon. There is an older edition you can check out of the library. Watzek Library also has the loose topographic maps and a DVD version.
    Washington atlas & gazetteer
    A book with Washington topomaps. Watzek Library also has many of the loose maps.
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