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The Library's Geospatial Data Center

Map Collection

The map collection at GeoData@SciLi includes over 100,000 paper maps, primarily from the mid to late 20th century. Records for some of the collection are included in BruKnow, but most of our collection is uncataloged. Visit us whenever we're open to view the collection. Our maps do not circulate, but many are available digitally - here are some suggestions for digital map collections.

The collection consists of several locations based on the origin or series of maps. Some highlights:

  • The cataloged map series includes mid 20th to early 21st century maps for many countries, regions, and cities. Our strengths are topographic and geologic maps, but we also have a number of political, administrative, environmental, and road maps. We have several drawers of Rhode Island maps, mid to late 20th century.
  • Topographic maps from the US Geological Survey (USGS) from the 1940s to the 2000s that cover the entire US at a variety of scales. These maps are organized by scale (small 1:250k, medium 1:100k, and large 1:24k) and state or name of geographic area.
  •  A variety of special topographic, geologic, and mineral maps that span the globe, from the USGS and state agencies.
  • Global topographic maps from the US Army Map Service at varying levels of detail, from the 1940s to the 1960s.

New Paper Map Acquisitions: Hit the Arrows >> for Details or Click on a Point for Map Info