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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 Search. Enter your keywords [place name] (e.g., france paris), then use the Material Type dropdown to limit to Maps and the Start Date and End Date fields to limit by date.

You might also try these subject keyword searches:

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

The search will find maps held by all the UC Libraries by default. You can also use the Advanced Search to search WorldCat for maps held at Stanford University Libraries and other libraries worldwide. Please contact the librarian for help if you need maps from another UC/Stanford map library.

Historical Maps of California