Finding Useful Maps


To help you start your map search, we have selected a few from our collection and organized them by subject. Click "Browse Maps" on the toolbar above to see them. But Stanford Libraries has many more digitized maps, and we encourage you to search our catalog using the tools below.


Searching our map collection online

To help you find the maps you need, we have created a guide, "Getting Started," with search tips.

Click here to access it.

There are two websites you can use to find maps in our collection:

∙ Through www.davidrumsey.com you can search the more than 100,000 maps in the David Rumsey Map Collection.

∙ For other historic maps at Stanford, use the Libraries' online catalog, searchworks.stanford.edu.

Also check out Stanford's map-related online exhibitions for maps, ideas, and history.


Other map collections

Many libraries and institutions have great collections of digitized maps. If you are interested in researching a particular town or city, check the area's local library. They often have collections that focus on their communities.

The libraries listed below are great places to start, because they have large collections you can search online:

Library of Congress, select "maps" from the drop-down menu

∙ Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library.

∙ Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center of the Boston Public Library. Search their digital collection and map-related exhibitions .

∙ For maps of California, check out Calisphere or the California Historical Society.

topoView from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) lets you search for current and historical topographic maps.

∙ The website Mapping a World of Cities can help you locate maps of different cities.