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Maps, Atlases, and Cartographic Resources

How to find and use maps resources at the James E. Brooks Library


Map Resources

US Map & Cartographic Resources

The Library of Congress has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5.5 million maps, 80,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, over 500 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats, including over 19,000 cds/dvds. The online map collections represents only a small fraction that have been converted to digital form.

Washington State Maps and Geospatial Data Online

The best place to find Washington State geospatial data is to start with the Portal offered by WA State Office of the Chief Information Office (CIO).  Through this portal you may download and create maps or find data related to all different kinds of topics. 

The University of Washington Libraries' Maps Collection & Cartographic Services maintains a WA State Geospatial Data Archive (WAGDA) where you may find datasets, open and restricted.

WSU Libraries have an excellent LibGuide pointing to a plethora of resources.  No need to recreate such an excellent resource!

Perry Castañeda Map Collection

The University of Texas map library is a pioneer in map digitization. Starting with a physical map collection of over 250,000, their map library has digitized more that 50,000 of them, and created a unique online presence for these maps. The following are just some links to broad swaths of this outstanding collection: