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Geography 50AC - California: Maps, Data, & Statistics

Other Library Guides

The library has guides for help finding and using maps, GIS data, and statistics. Take a look at these guides for more information.

Note: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a particularly good source for neighborhood-level historic information. 

Web Maps, Data, & Statistics

Finding Maps

Maps in the Earth Sciences & Map Library, the Bancroft Library, and other campus libraries can be found by searching OskiCat.

Use the Advanced Keyword Search to search for subject keywords.

Advanced Keyword Search example with Subject selected as search field and [san jose calif* maps] entered as search terms

Helpful hints and tips:

  • Include the word “maps” in your subject search as it should always appear in the subject headings for maps.
  • Include place names to find maps for a particular location: start specific (e.g., city) then broaden your region (e.g., county, state, country).
  • Choose other keywords from our list of common subject keywords for maps.
  • Use the Year of Publication option at the bottom of the Advanced Keyword Search to limit by date (e.g., After 1919 and Before 1930 for 1920-1929).

Note the call number and location to locate the map in our collection.

OskiCat record for a map with location and call number highlighted

Sometimes it is helpful to pull out an entire folder and browse through the maps at a table, since our collections is organized roughly geographically.

And remember, when in doubt, don't be afraid to ask a librarian or other staff member for help.

Selected Atlases of California

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