Historical Maps

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.  Many historical maps are also available online.

Search & find historical maps

OskiCat: use the Advanced Keyword Search to search for the subject 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.

Digital historical maps:

There are many online repositories for historical maps. Some great starting points include the following:

Other historical map resources: