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Locating maps and other cartographic materials

last modified Apr 28, 2016 04:30 PM

Tarver Library has a number of atlases and maps available, primarily in the reference and government documents departments; over 4,000 more are available electronically through the online catalog. 

Atlases and maps in the Tarver Library

World atlases include:

National Geographic atlas of the world  G1021 .N38 2005  Reference -- Atlas case 1

Essential world atlas (Tarver stacksG1021 .E88 2011 Stacks -- Third floor

The atlas cases on the second floor house over 250 National Geographic Society maps (political, physical, and historical) as well as maps from other sources.

Specialized atlases can be found by searching the library catalog for "(topic) and atlas". Titles in the Tarver Library include:

Historical maps on file   G1030 .F32 2006 (2 vols.) Reference shelves

New atlas of world history: global events at a glance   G1030 .H39 2011 Stacks -- third floor

Atlas of the world's religions  G1046.E4 .A8 2007 Reference -- Atlas case 2

Times atlas of the Second World War  G1038 .T6 1989  Reference shelves

Concise historical atlas of the U.S. Civil War G1201.S5 S5 2009  Reference shelves


The government documents department has approximately 1400 maps in the cabinet on the second floor, ranging from those on general topics to the very specialized.

Political map of the world (Central Intelligence Agency)

Physical map of the world (Central Intelligence Agency)

PDF files of maps (many from the U.S. Geological Survey) are available through the online catalog


Government websites

The CIA world factbook offers static, relatively uncomplicated political maps that are a good choice for illustrating reports

National map (U.S. Geological Survey) has dynamic, customizable topographic maps

National atlas of the U.S. is a user-friendly collection of both static and dynamic maps on a range of topics

American factfinder allows users to create thematic maps that compare demographic data among geographic areas

American memory (Library of Congress) has 11 specialized map collections

United Nations cartographic section has general maps (mostly political) of all regions, plus some historical and mission maps

Atlas of Canada has a comprehensive collection of static maps, including political, economic, physical, and road maps

Georgia info has road, political, and historical maps, as well as links to map collections in Georgia

Georgia state archives' "virtual vault" has several specialized historical collections


Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Georgia Towns and Cities, 1884-1922 

Ancestry Library Edition has a searchable collection of maps and gazetteers, primarily from Europe

Other websites

Atlas of historical county boundaries has both static and interactive maps with county-level historical data

David Rumsey historical map collection has 44,000 rare historical maps, with an emphasis on the Americas

Social explorer can be used to create maps of demographic data. (It offers both a free and a subscription service.) maps has links to a wide variety of maps (most of them fairly simple)

Basic land navigation (National Interagency Incident Management System) is an introduction to reading topographic maps and using GPS systems

Basic map and GPS skills (National Geographic) is a 32-page pamphlet with navigation tips

Learn about historic mapping and navigation tools at the National Museum of American History's Measuring and Mapping Collection

Google earth offers limitless possibilities for creating maps; get started by reading Google earth basics

Guides for Citing maps

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