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Historical Map & Chart Collection

Featured Collection

Charting a More Perfect Union

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Explore U.S. Coast Survey’s contributions to the war effort on land and sea. Meet the men, learn their stories, and explore their historical products.

The Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection is a rich archive of high-resolution images capturing a vast wealth of the U.S. government's historical surveying and mapping. The collection of over 35,000 scanned images - covering offshore and onshore sites - includes some of the Nation's earliest nautical charts, bathymetric maps, city plans, and Civil War battlefield maps.

Electronic copies are available, by free download, to the public.

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Search images, in JPG format, by using keyword, geographic place name, type, and/or date. A Flash-based viewer helps users preview maps before downloading to the shopping cart.

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