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Maps & Air Photos: Historical Maps

Information about finding maps and aerial photographs in the UC Berkeley Library collections and beyond.

Points of interest and auto routes diverging from the Hotel Oakland.Historical maps can be excellent sources for both information about how the world looked in the past and how people in the past viewed their world. The Earth Sciences & Map Library has reproductions, photocopies, and facsimiles for a number of historical maps in addition to cartobibliographies, atlases, and books about historical maps. The Bancroft Library holds the largest collection of historical and manuscript maps on campus. 

Good Starting Places for Scanned Historical Maps

Scanned maps from the UC Berkeley collections:

Additional sources for scanned historical maps:

Finding Historical Maps

Finding Historical Maps in the Library

In the catalog: use the Advanced Keyword Search to search for keywords [place name maps] (e.g., france maps), then use the Year of Publication option to limit by date (e.g., After 1839 and Before 1891 for 1840-1890).

You might also try these subject keyword searches:

  • [place name early maps]
  • [place name manuscript maps]
  • [place name maps bibliography]

Search Melvyl for maps held at other libraries within UC, the Stanford University Libraries, and other libraries worldwide. Please contact the librarian for a consultation if you need maps from another UC/Stanford map library.

Historical Maps of California