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A portion of a Boulder County map from 1888

Colorado

There are a variety of historical maps of Colorado in the Map Library's collection; however many of them are uncataloged. Please contact us if you'd like to see what we have in these areas:

  • Topographic maps dating back to the 1880s
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
  • Maps of the state/territory of Colorado, including city and county maps
  • Mining maps
  • Plat maps
  • Tourist and road maps

U.S.

The Map Library's collection includes:

  • Topographic maps of the United States dating back to the 1880s
  • A limited collection of state, city, and county maps of areas other than Colorado
  • Historical atlases for many U.S. states and cities, including atlases with reproductions of historical maps
  • Historic Urban Plans: reproductions of city maps and views (search with the phrase "historic urban plans" and [area of interest] then limit results to the map content type)

International

The Map Library's collection includes:

  • Maps from the Army Map Service: WWII-era maps with topographic features (mostly Europe, some north Africa, Japan, Pacific Islands)
  • Historic Urban Plans (search with the phrase "historic urban plans" and [area of interest] then limit results to the map content type)
  • Baedeker's: Late 19th century and early 20th century travel guides, predominantly for Europe
  • Historical atlases for many countries and cities, including atlases with reproductions of historical maps
  • Detailed historical maps of England, Ireland, and Scotland

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Image Attribution

A portion of Map of Boulder County, Colorado Drawn for the Board of County Commissioners from County Records and U.S. Surveys (1888).