November 23, 2020

Update: More than 90,000 USGS Historical Topographical Maps Now Online

In July, we posted that the USGS was releasing more than 200,000 historical maps from to 1884 to 2006) online.

Today the USGS announced that more than 90,000 hi-res digitized maps are available for download (free; GeoPDF) or as a scanned print (fee-based, $15/maps).

Direct to Historical Topographic Map Collection Web Site and Search (via USGS)

Direct to Historical Topographic Map Collection FAQ

From Today’s Announcement:

Historical maps are an important national resource as they provide the long-term record and documentation of the natural, physical and cultural landscape. The history documented by this collection and the analysis of distribution and spatial patterns is invaluable throughout the sciences and non-science disciplines. Genealogists, historians, anthropologists, archeologists and others use this collection for research as well as for a framework on which a myriad of information can be presented in relation to the landscape. For more than 130 years, the USGS topographic mapping program has accurately portrayed the complex geography of our nation through maps using the lithographic printing process. The historical collection contains high resolution scanned images from the USGS legacy series and other sources.

See Also: US Topo, Next Gen Maps

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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