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Nautical charts contain information on water depths, navigational aids, shipping channels, and restricted areas. They may also show details of coastal settlements, shorelines, reefs, and other physical features. These charts are collected for research purposes and are not intended to be used for navigation. Most charts in the Earth Sciences & Map Library are produced by the National Ocean Service (NOS), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and their predecessors.
Call Number: G3701.P5 svar .U51 (Case B and folio)
These charts cover U.S. domestic waters and are produced by the NOS and its predecessors, the U.S. Coast Survey and the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey. Our collection includes many charts from the late 1850s to the present.
These charts cover foreign coastal waters and are produced by NGA and its predecessors. Our collection includes the oldest and most recent charts for most areas of the world.
You can find other nautical charts in our collection by using the Advanced Keyword Search in OskiCat to search for subject keywords [nautical charts place name] (e.g., nautical charts japan). You can find other ocean-related keywords in the list of common subject keywords for maps.
National Ocean Service National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
*To learn more about these charts read the Information about Chart Conversions box on this page.
Both the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency & the National Ocean Service (Office of the Coast Survey) have undergone numerous title changes throughout the years along with reorganizations. The below timelines provides information on their past names.
Timelines were created by Erica Newcome using Kinght Lab.