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Current Maps - U.S. Individual (U.S.) State Map Sites Current Maps - World
Geographic Information Historic Maps - U.S. Historic Maps - World
Journals Cartobibiliographies

Blank Outline Maps

Digital Vector Maps Editable digital maps; download royalty free, edictable vector maps in Adobe Illustrator and PDF format. Free blank outline maps of world, oceans. continents, countries, and regions in six file formats.
Free Vector Maps Free vector maps by continent and country.
Geography at Outline maps of individual US states and countries.
National Geographic Society
Xpeditions Atlas
Outline maps of the world, continents, countries, and individual states designed for printing and copying.

Cartographic Associations and Societies (not comprehensive)

American Association of Geographers AAG is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904. Its 8,400+ members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography and geographic education.

ALA Map and Geospatial Information Round Table
online journal: Coordinates
online newsletter: Baseline

MAGIRT Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (of ALA) leads and inspires information professionals at all levels of expertise in their work with map and geospatial information resources, collections and technologies in all formats, through community, education and advocacy.(formerly MAGERT)
Association of American State Geologists AASG is an organization of the chief executives of the state geological surveys in 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives
(Association des Cartothéque et Archives Cartographiques du Canada)
ACMLA (ACACC) actively serves as the representative professional group for Canadian map librarians, cartographic archivists and others interested in geographic information in all formats.
Boston Map Society BMS is a group of map enthusiasts. It was founded in 1994 to bring together people who like to study, visit, use, collect, and preserve maps. Though most members live in the New England area, membership in the Society is open anyone, anywhere, with an interest in cartography.
California Map Society CMS was founded in 1978. The mission is educational: to preserve and disseminate historical and contemporary cartography, primarily of California, for members as well as the general public.
North American Cartographic Information Society NACIS, founded in 1980, is an organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose common interest lies in facilitating communication in the map information community.
Society for the History of Discoveries SHD was formed to stimulate interest in teaching, research, and publishing the history of geographical exploration. Founded in 1960, the Society’s membership includes faculty and graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines as well as curators, archivists and librarians; non-affiliated or independent scholars; and laypersons who share their interests.
Texas Map Society TMS was organized in November 1996 to foster the study, understanding, preservation, restoration, and collection of historical maps as well as the general history of cartography. Membership only requires an interest in maps of any nature or focus.
Washington Map Society WMS, founded in 1979, supports and promotes map collecting, cartography, and cartographic history.
Western Association of Map Libraries WAML is an independent association of map librarians and other people with an interest in maps and map librarianship.
William P. Cumming Map Society The William P. Cumming Map Society often meets at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) in Salem, NC.

Blank Outline Maps Cartographic Associations and Societies Cartographic Bookmark Sites
Current Maps - U.S. Individual (U.S.) State Map Sites Current Maps - World
Geographic Information Historic Maps - U.S. Historic Maps - World
Journals Cartobibiliographies

Cartographic Bookmark Sites

The Map Room Ceased after eight years of publication, remaining online providing access to the archives.
Map History/History of Cartography A site to find worthwhile, free information about old maps.
North Carolina Map Blog A place to discuss North Carolina's cartographic history

Current Maps - United States

Association of American State Geologists (AASG) Provides access to current geologic maps and mapping information for all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
FAA Sectional Aeronautical Charts Sectional Aeronautical Charts are the primary navigational reference medium used by the VFR pilot community. The 1:500,000 scale Sectional Aeronautical Chart Series is designed for visual navigation of slow to medium speed aircraft.
FEMA Map Service Center Provides access to Historic Flood Maps, Free map viewer (2.0 of the F-MIT viewer) and searching by address or or product.
NOAA Office of Coast Survey Searchable access to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) vector files of chart features.
United States Census Bureau
Tiger Map Server
Access to user-adjustable downloadable thematic maps incorporating a wide variety of geographic data.
United States Department of Agriculture:
Farm Service Agency
APFO is home to one of the country's largest aerial film libraries. Currently housing more than 70,000 rolls of film (10 million plus images). The film dates from 1955 to the present, with coverage of most of the United States and its territories.
United States Geological Survey
Landsat Project site
Near real-time images from Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites orbiting the Earth. United States Geological Survey Center for Earth Observation and Science.
USGS National Map United States Geological Survey provides access to user-adjustable thematic maps of the United States and individual states.
USGS National Map Small-Scale Collection USGS originally developed these data sets for the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States; it's now available to users. Downloads.

Individual (U.S.) State Map Sites

Minnesota Maps Online Minnesota Historical Society has digitized original public land survey plats, created during the first government land survey of the state by the U.S. Surveyor General's Office during the years 1848 to 1907.
North Carolina Maps North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive, online collection of historic maps from the North Carolina State Archives, the University of North Carolina, and the Outer Banks History Center.
Oregon Geospatial Data Clearinghouse The Geospatial Office provides statewide leadership in promoting the use of GIS technology and ensures the availability of easily accessible, high quality geographic information.

Current Maps - World

Atlapedia Online Political and physical maps of the world, continents, regions, and individual countries.
Australian Aerial Photography Geoscience Australia (GA) has developed the Historical Aerial Photography (HAP) collection in an online data delivery system. This application can be used to search and download the Commonwealth HAP collection for free.
Canada - Geospatial Data Access to Natural Resources Canada topographic maps, thematic maps, and geospatial data. A site for geologists, earth scientists, students, teachers and others who are interested in geology or searching for geological information.
Library of Congress
Contemporary Maps
1960 - present
Downloadable public domain digital modern maps of the world, regions, and individual countries.
Open Russian e-library This e-library was created by the Russian State Library. Maps of Russia and of the world from the 15th-20th century. It is in Russian only.
United States Central Intelligence Agency Reference maps of the world, continents, and individual countries.
United States Department of State
Background Notes
Country information including reference maps and geographic, historic, political, government, and economic summaries.
University of Texas Library Modern maps of the world, regions, and individual countries.

Blank Outline Maps Cartographic Associations and Societies Cartographic Bookmark Sites
Current Maps - U.S. Individual (U.S.) State Map Sites Current Maps - World
Geographic Information Historic Maps - U.S. Historic Maps - World
Journals Cartobibiliographies

Geographic Information  about countries, states and the world

Board on Geographic Names (BGN) The BGN is a Federal body created in 1890 and established in 1947 to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government.
Congressional Districts shapefiles - Historic This site provides digital boundary definitions for every U.S. Congressional District in use between 1789 - 2012. These were produced as part of NSF grant and the files are available for download.
Geography at General geographic information and geography related subjects.
Geologic Map of Alaska Covering the entire state of Alaska, it reflects more than a century of work by a host of geologists and almost two decades of compilation work. There are two versions of the map: a detailed digital version, and a simplified, “generalized” map for print. The map units described in the accompanying pamphlet reflect those of the detailed digital map.
GIS Cloud This is an example of a site that enables organizations and individuals to easily manage and access geospatial data.
GitHub - Public Datasets They are collected and tidied from blogs, answers, and user responses. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not. There is a GIS list, as well.
GRASS GIS This is and example of free Geographic Information System (GIS) software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.
gvSIG The main aim of the gvSIG project is to change the currently dominant model, based on speculation of the acquired knowledge to advance individually, to a model based on shared knowledge and collaboration to advance together. Definitively, working from the field of Geomatics for a better and more fair model.
Internet Archive Available for downloading DRG maps of the 50 United States, best used with global positioning software or a map viewer.
Libre Map Project Aggregates and makes digital maps and related GIS data available for free.
MAGIRT - Digital Resources This guide provides high-quality, current, and vetted geospatial resources and professional tools for the map and geospatial information librarian.
MapWindow The MapWindow GIS project includes a free and open source desktop geographic information system (GIS) with an extensible plugin architecture; a GIS ActiveX control; and C# GIS programmer library called DotSpatial.
The National Geologic Map Database Developing a distributive archive of standardized geoscience information for the nation. (USGS)
National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides free online access to summary statistics and GIS files for U.S. censuses and other nationwide surveys from 1790 through the present.
Newberry Library: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries The site makes available new maps, data, and shapefiles for the United States as a whole. Also, you can watch animated versions of the AHCBP data below.
SAGA (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses) SAGA is a Geographic Information System (GIS) software; it is a Free Open Source Software (FOSS).
Social Explorer An old proverb says that "a picture is worth a thousand words." In the case of data maps this is literally true. Data maps are made of thousands of numbers presented as a picture.
TeachSpatial TeachSpaital's goal is to aid in the development of explicit spatial learning objectives from a multi- or cross-disciplinary perspective.
United States Department of State
Background Notes
Country information including geographic, historic, political, government and economic summaries.
United States Central Intelligence Agency
World Factbook
General maps of and information about countries.
United States Census Bureau Access to user-adjustable thematic and reference maps based on United States Census data.
USGS Small-Scale Downloads All data available in The National Map Small-Scale website can be downloaded at no cost.
USGS Landslide Hazards The primary objective of the National Landslide Hazards Program is to reduce long-term losses from landslide hazards by improving our understanding of the causes of ground failure and suggesting mitigation strategies.

Historic Maps - United States

Library of Congress
Map Collections
Downloadable public domain digital historic maps of the United States including the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Collection projects.
BLM, General Land Office Records Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records - Provides image access to Federal land conveyance records, including survey plats and field notes, issued between 1810 and the present.
Map History/History of Cartography
The Americas
Includes links to images of early United States maps on the web.
Peutinger Map Viewer The Peutinger map is presented as a seamless whole, full size, in color. This permits a viewer to pan the map views and zoom in and out. Thematic layers can be turned on or off for reference and study.
University of Chicago Holdings of: (1) topographic maps; (2) urban maps; and (3) thematic maps.
University of Georgia
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Includes images of antique maps.
Digital Map Library

Includes historic state & county maps and Indian land cessions.

USGS Historical Quadrangle Scanning Project (HQSP) HQSP is scanning all scales and editions (approximately 250,000) topographic maps, published by the U.S. Geological Survey, since 1884. The National Map Viewer.
USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently launched a GIS-based website that allows viewers access to more than 178,000 USGS maps, dating back to 1884.

Historic Maps - World

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Access to 18th and 19th century maps of the world, continents, countries, and individual states.
19th-Century Maps of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia This page provides access to scans of some of the 19th-century maps of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.
Library of Congress
Map Collections
Downloadable public domain digital historic maps of the world, regions, and individual countries.
Map History/History of Cartography
The Gateway to the Subject
Includes links to sites containing early world map images on the web. To locate a map, enter a place name, address or coordinate (OS Grid Reference) then click the Search button.
Old Maps Online A portal to historical maps in libraries around the world across numerous different collections via a geographical search.
University of Oregon
Mapping History
A historical & cultural atlas with interactive online maps focusing on early European and American history.


e-Perimetron The principal aim of this journal is to couple issueson history of cartography and maps with a variety of possibilities offered by the new digital information and communication technologies.


Cartobibliography of the Maps in 18th Century British and American Geography Books
Barbara McCorkle
This cartobibliography contains descriptions of approximately 6700 maps found in 470 books. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author/title, and each entry lists every map included in the book with the full title, dimensions, name(s) of any publisher, engraver or cartographer appearing on the map, and the page location within the work cited.
History of Cartography The History of Cartography Project is a research, editorial, and publishing venture drawing international attention to the history of maps and mapping. The Project's major work is the multi-volume History of Cartography series.
Pennsylvania Maps Prior to 1800 A cartobibliography of all printed and manuscript maps of Pennsylvania in the Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress and unique maps of Pennsylvania located in other libraries (not found in the Library of Congress). It also includes historical maps drafted after 1800 that show Pennsylvania as it was prior to 1800.

Blank Outline Maps Cartographic Associations and Societies Cartographic Bookmark Sites
Current Maps - U.S. Individual (U.S.) State Map Sites Current Maps - World
Geographic Information Historic Maps - U.S. Historic Maps - World
Journals Cartobibiliographies

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