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Almost all atlases include maps, and also often contain supplementary information on their subjects.
The Library's atlases and maps are located on the second floor, in multiple cases. Some of the most-used atlases, like reference books, can be consulted in-house only. Other atlases are part of the circulating collection and can be checked out.
Maps in the Auraria Library
Search for books, journals, videos, and databases. Verify that Auraria Library owns or does not own an item, in print or online, by running a search here. It does *not* search for articles.
The main physical Maps Collection is on the Library's 2nd floor within cabinets and cases. Highlights of the collection, include:
- USGS topographic maps of Colorado and surrounding areas
- Reproductions of historic city maps, political maps, and subject-specific maps for many fields, including demography and geology
Maps in this collection may be checked out of the library!
You'll get the classification number/letter combination you need to find a map, also known as the call number, in the record retrieved from your Start my Research search.
Maps with differing call number systems are in separate drawers in the Maps Collection cabinets, and the three systems share roughly similar concepts i.e., the call numbers are in alphabetical and numeric order, are read left-to-right, etc. All maps published by the State of Colorado are located in the drawer labeled “Colorado.” Some maps are differently sized, so you might need to look at the cases on both sides of the collection.
Remember, if you need help finding a map, the library staff will be more than happy to assist you!
National Geological Map Database (NGMD)
Contains digital copies of over 90,000 recent and historic geologic maps of the United States and its territories. Features an advanced search, an index of geologic terms, information about current geologic mapping projects, and MapView, a map-based visual browsing interface.
USGS Topographical Map Locator
The USGS provides this Google Maps-based tool to help users locate, view, and download current and archival topographic maps. File sizes can be large; be prepared for lengthy downloads.
A subset of data.gov, this site allows users to search or browse for United States government maps and geo-spatial data. This is not a complete collection, but it does allow for broad cross-collection searches.
AtoZ Maps Online
A database of world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political, physical, outline, population, precipitation, climate, and other thematic maps.
Social Explorer Professional
Create and save demographic maps and reports down to the U.S. neighborhood and street level using U.S. census data, the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study. Visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout U.S. history. Also useful in developing an understanding of the census data is an e-book on the history of the census, Measuring America : the decennial censuses from 1790 to 2000.Tip: Start with the maps and tables.
A Guide To Map Terminology
Other Notable Historic Map Sites on the Web
Historic Maps & Atlases: Enhanced for Cultural, Political, and Societal Analysis
Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
Maps from an atlas published in 1932, are enhanced and animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data. Some data highlighted include location of Native Americans, Distribution of Wealth, Boundaries, Political Parties and Opinions, and more.
Historic Maps & Atlases: Allowing Geospatial Analysis
Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations
The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial/temporal analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds.
Historic Maps & Atlases: General
Historical Maps Database
From University of Georgia Libraries
David Rumsey Map Collection
Historical map collection with over 38,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials.
Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Maintains a collection of historic maps spanning the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century. Although not limited to a single geographic subject, the collection heavily emphasizes Georgia as colony and state.
Links to Thousands of Maps Online