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South Carolina Maps and Data

 

Index:
Geologic Maps & Links
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Historic Aerial Photos
Historic Maps & Links
Navigation & Travel
Aeronautical
Nautical Charts & Links
Road Maps & Links
Travel Guides & Links
Physical Geography (terrain)
Political Maps, Data & Links


Geologic Maps:

Geologic Highway Maps (paper) Geologic highway maps are multicolored regional maps which provide data for rock and soil sample collection and other points of geologic information.  These maps were produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  South Carolina is included in this collection’s nationwide coverage.  The Geologic Highway Maps are available for viewing in the Map Library. 

Historic Soil Survey Maps (paper, digital) This is a collection of US Department of Agriculture Soil Survey maps from 1900 to the 1930’s.  These maps are available for viewing in the Map Library and are also available digitally.

Petroleum Economist Maps (paper, digital) These maps consist of a collection from the Petroleum Economist magazine and include energy, pipeline and oil storage maps from 1991 through the present.  These maps are available for viewing in the Map Library.  Ask the Map Library staff for assistance in accessing the PE archive online.

United States Geological Survey Geologic Maps (paper) The Map Library collection includes geologically-themed maps from the US Geological Survey covering South Carolina as well as North Carolina and Georgia.  These maps produced from the 1970& 8217;s forward include themes of mineral production, general geology, earthquake frequency, stability, stratigraphic framework and aeromagnetism.  These maps are available in the Map Library.

Geologic Map Links:

Geology.com

Map of SC - This Geology.com page has several geologic South Carolina maps as well as links to other geologic information about the state.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - The Department distributes ESRI Shapefiles of geologic regions, digital elevation and fall line data.

United States Geological Survey - The USGS provides a wealth of data about the geology of the United States to include South Carolina.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS):

Delorme 3-D TopoQuads (digital) This CD-ROM collection of 3-D topographic maps is an interactive research system available in the Map Library.  This version is current as of 2002.

Fort Jackson through the Years (digital)  Part of a project with Fort Jackson, this digital collection of georeferenced aerial photographs from the 1950’s through the 1980’s provides a quick means of viewing historic change in specific locations on Fort Jackson.  This project is available upon request in ESRI format; the Map Library provides a machine capable of processing this information. 

Map Templates (digital) The Map Library provides some basic outline maps on which users can base projects. 

South Carolina Geographic Alliance CD-ROMs (digital) The South Carolina Geographic Alliance has published several interactive CD-ROMs which teach geographic concepts and South Carolina’s geography in particular.  The collections at the Map Library include the following:

  • Integrating, Geography, Science and Math
  • South Carolina Interactive Geography Lessons for Elementary Teachers
  • South Carolina Interactive Geography v3.0
  • South Carolina: An Atlas - CD Companion
  • The Hunley: Interactive Geography v1.1

GIS Links:

Center for GIS and Remote Sensing  This center exists to assist GIS and Remote Sensing users in the USC community and beyond.

Google Earth  Google Earth is a GIS package that displays aerial and satellite photos as well as many other layers in a user friendly format.

South Carolina Arc Users Network  These SC GIS users share information and data for a variety of applications.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control This Department produces data layers on a variety of human and physical topics.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources The Department distributes information of recreational and geological significance.

South Carolina GIS Coordinator – Tim Detroy is the South Carolina GIS Coordinator for State Agencies.

South Carolina Office of Research and Statistics This office provides digital maps of SC political districts in Adobe and ESRI formats.

University of South Carolina Geography Department  The USC Geography Department produces a wealth of GIS data each semester for education and research.  The department’s website lists the information necessary to contact faculty about their research.

University of South Carolina GIS Server  The University of South Carolina Campus GIS Center hosts information related to the university campus as well as products from the faculty and students of the USC Geography Department.

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Historic Aerial Photos: 

Aerial Indexes and Photos (paper, some digital) The USC Map Library is home to over 130,000 aerial photos of South Carolina from the 1930’s to the 1980.  The photos vary in size from standard 9” by 9” prints to quadruple enlargements.  The collection also includes indexes of all South Carolina counties for quick location of specific photos and small-scale views.  The photos provide valuable information for engineers, ecologists and a variety of other academics and professionals.  The entire collection resides at the USC Map Library and is available for public viewing.  For more convenient service, please contact the Map Library staff to make an appointment.  A few of the aerial photos of the city of Columbia are available digitally through the University Libraries Digital Collections site.  The rest of the indexes and aerial photos are scheduled for digital conversion. 

Fort Jackson through the Years (digital)  Part of a project with Fort Jackson, this digital collection of georeferenced aerial photographs from the 1950’s through the 1980& 8217;s provides a quick means of viewing historic change in specific locations on Fort Jackson.  This project is available upon request in ESRI format; the Map Library provides a machine capable of processing this information.

 NASA Space Image Library This website shows many videos and images of historical moments in the history of NASA.

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Historic Maps:

AniMap Plus 2.6  (digital) The Map Library provides patrons with access to the AniMap Plus 2.6 program and data.  This program allows the user to navigate through the changes in political geography in the lower 48 United States from 1776 to the present.  Due to the complex and powerful nature of this program, the Map Library also has on hand Plucking, Plotting, and Places…a video tutorial of AniMap.  This series of instructional videos and handouts from the program’s creator will help users of any experience level master it quickly. 

Civil War Map Collection (digital) This 12-disc collection of high-resolution scans contains 795 maps and pages relating to the American Civil War.  This collection’s scope is truly massive; there are 56 rare maps of South Carolina and 250 of Virginia!    All images are stored in MrSID format. 

Historic Road Maps (paper) The Map Library is home to a substantial collection of historically significant road maps of South Carolina.  These maps date back to the 1910’s and the collection’s density allows readers to see South Carolina road changes as they develop.  These maps are available for public viewing in the Map Library. 

Historic Soil Survey Maps (paper, digital) This is a collection of US Department of Agriculture Soil Survey maps from 1900 to the 1930’s.  These maps are available for viewing in the Map Library and are also available digitally through the University Libraries Digital Collection.  

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (digital) This collection of maps (dating as far back as 1884) from the Sanborn Map Company depicts dozens of South Carolina cities for the purpose of fire insurance assessments.  These maps reside at the South Caroliniana Library and are also available digitally through the University Libraries Digital Collection. 

United States Geological Survey Topographic Maps: 1888-1975 (paper, digital) USGS Topographic Maps (also known as & 8220;topos” and “quads& 8221;) are the national standard for depiction of physical land features.  The Map Library contains a complete collection these topographic maps covering South Carolina many of which date back to the late 19th Century.  Some, particularly the older maps, were produced by military agencies such as the Army Mapping Service and Defense Mapping Agency.  Historical topographic maps are available for viewing in the Map Library (searchable list) during regular hours and are also available digitally.

Fort Jackson through the Years (digital)  Part of a project with Fort Jackson, this digital collection of georeferenced aerial photographs from the 1950’s through the 1980’s provides a quick means of viewing historic change in specific locations on Fort Jackson.  This project is available upon request in ESRI format; the Map Library provides a machine capable of processing this information. 

South Caroliniana Library Dedicated to preserving the history of the state and its citizens, the South Caroliniana Library contains the largest South Carolina historic paper map collection.

Historic Map Links:

Ancestry.com Historic US Maps 1513-1990 This commercial genealogy research site has historic maps dating back to the 16th century.  South Carolina maps are among those in the collection.

History of Cartography / WWW-Virtual Library  This site links to thousands of map images.

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection – Historical US This collection of Historical US maps from the University of Texas includes many early maps of South Carolina.

SCIWay Historic SC Maps List  This is a compilation of various online resources for Historic SC Maps

University of Alabama Historic SC Maps The University of Alabama makes its collection of historic SC maps available for online viewing.

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Navigation & Travel:

Aeronautical (paper) The Map Library’s collection of Defense Mapping Agency aeronautical charts includes Tactical Pilotage Charts (TPC, 1:500000 scale), Operational Navigation Charts (ONC, 1:1000000 scale) and Jet Navigation Charts (JNC, 1:2000000 scale) dating from the 1970’s to the present.  These maps include coverage of South Carolina; they are available for viewing in the Map Library.

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Aeronautical Chart Links:

National Aeronautical Charting Office  The Federial Avaiation Administration’s NACO provides free downloads of a number of charts and procedures.  The office also sells other aeronautical charts.

SkyVector  This site provides an interactive view of aeronautical charts.

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Nautical Charts: (paper)

The Map Library has NOAA nautical charts of the United States (1:40000 and 1:80000 scale) as well as Bathymetric Fishing maps.  These maps include coverage of the South Carolina coast dating from the early 20th century.  These maps are available in the Map Library and also scheduled for conversion to digital form.  The USC map library has a number of early atlases that feature sea charts of early explorers.               

Nautical Chart Links:

Office of Coast Survey  At this page NOAA provides the means to view only current nautical charts and to download them. 

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Road Maps:   (paper)

The Map Library road maps collection for South Carolina includes state, city and county level maps from the 1940’s to the present produced by a variety of publishers including the American Automobile Association, Rand-McNally, MapArt and an assortment of gasoline companies.  These maps are available for viewing in the Map Library. 

Road Map Links:

South Carolina Department Of Transportation county maps  The department provides county level maps in Adobe Reader format. 

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Travel Guides:  (paper)

The Map Library contains a number of travel guides and guidebooks for South Carolina.  Here are two Thomas Cooper Library catalog queries which display some available resources: guidebooks, tourist maps.  The South Caroliniana Library also contains a substantial collection of South Carolina travel guides. 

Travel Guide Links:

SC Trails  SCTrails.net provides maps and information about hundreds of scenic trails in South Carolina.

SCIWay Travel and Tourism guide  This is SCIWay’s list of links to various online resources intended for travelers in South Carolina.

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism  SCPRT provides information, guides and maps for recreational activities across South Carolina.

South Caroliniana Published Materials  The SCL contains many guidebooks and travels guide for the state.

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Physical Geography:  (terrain) 

Delorme 3-D TopoQuads (digital) This CD-ROM collection of topographic maps is an interactive research system available in the Map Library.  This version is current as of 2002. 

Delorme Topo USA (digital) Topo USA is a CD-ROM collection of terrain maps for the entire US.  The collection, as well as assistance in accessing it, is available in the Map Library. 

Department of Housing & Urban Development (paper) This collection features special flood hazard areas for South Carolina counties in the mid-1970’s.  These large scale maps are available for viewing in the Map Library.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps (paper) These 1980’s-1990’s maps from FEMA are part of the National Flood Insurance Program.  They classify the most areas most susceptible to damaging floods as Special Flood Hazard Areas.  This extensive collection includes several FEMA-published flood insurance studies and has coverage of virtually all at-risk areas in South Carolina.  These maps are available in the Map Library during regular hours. 

Geologic Highway Maps (paper) Geologic highway maps are multicolored regional maps which provide data for rock and soil sample collection and other points of geologic information.  These maps were produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  South Carolina is included in this collection’s nationwide coverage.  The Geologic Highway Maps are available for viewing in the Map Library. 

National Geographic Collection (digital) The Map Library has a CD-ROM archive of all National Geographic magazines and maps from 1888 to the 1990’s.  The Map Library staff will provide assistance in accessing this information. 

South Carolina: An Atlas (paper, digital)  This atlas from the South Carolina Geographic Alliance and the USC Department of Geography illustrates cultural and physical features unique to South Carolina.  Both the atlas and its CD-ROM companion are available for viewing in the Map Library.

Topographic Maps: 1888-present (paper, digital) USGS Topographic Maps (also known as “topos” and “quads”) are the national standard for depiction of physical land features.  The Map Library contains a complete collection these topographic maps covering South Carolina, and many of these date back to the late 19th Century.  Some, particularly the older maps, were produced by military agencies such as the Army Mapping Service and Defense Mapping Agency.  Maps featured here have coverage ranging from the usual 7.5” to older 15” and 30” versions.  All topographic maps are available for viewing in the Map Library (click here for a searchable list) during regular hours.  The earlier 15’ and 30” topos are available online digitally.  The most current topographic maps are scheduled for conversion to digital format. 

Wetland Inventory Maps (paper) The Map Library has a series of maps produced by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Department of the Interior) for the Wetland Inventory.  These maps from around 1990 combined information from USGS topographic maps, aerial photography and field examinations to display the quantity and characteristics of wetlands across South Carolina.

Physical Geography Links:

Army Corps of Engineers  The Corps provides maps that are particularly useful for research in water resource management.

Climate Research Lab  The lab focuses on meteorology and climatology. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency  FEMA provides maps and geographic software related to disaster risk and management.

Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute  The HVRI focuses on the effects of past disturbances and the response to future hazards.

South Carolina Coastal Erosion Study  The USGS in partnership with USC and other organizations conducts studies regarding the conditions of South Carolina’s coast.

South Carolina Geodetic Survey  Part of the Office of Research & Statistics, the SCGS provides a range of data about the SC landscape.

Weather Underground  WU lists current global weather conditions as well as historic records.

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Political Maps and Data:   

AniMap Plus 2.6  (digital) The Map Library provides patrons with access to the AniMap Plus 2.6 program and data.  This program allows the user to navigate through the changes in political geography in the lower 48 United States from 1776 to the present.  Due to the complex and powerful nature of this program, the Map Library also has on hand Plucking, Plotting, and Places…a video tutorial of AniMap.  This series of instructional videos and handouts from the program’s creator will help users of any experience level master it quickly. 

Map Library Paper Map Collection (paper) The Map Library contains resources too numerous to list detailing the political features within South Carolina.  This material includes atlases and maps of historic and current counties, cities and districts.  The historical boundaries of counties and districts are particularly useful as these lines have changed through the years.  The South Caroliniana Library also contains a substantial collection of Historic Maps of South Carolina. 

National Geographic Collection (digital) The Map Library has a CD-ROM archive of all National Geographic magazines and maps from 1888 to the 1990’s.  The Map Library staff will provide assistance in accessing this information. 

South Carolina: An Atlas (paper, digital) This atlas from the South Carolina Geographic Alliance and the USC Department of Geography illustrates cultural and physical features unique to South Carolina.  Both the atlas and its CD-ROM companion are available for viewing in the Map Library. 

Political Links:

ePodunk  Highlighting the “power of place,” this site provides profiles on 46,000 locations across America.  This link goes to South Carolina listings.

SC Department of Archives and History  The department preserves and promotes the documentary and cultural heritage of the Palmetto State.  The archives include maps and digital resources.

SC Department of Commerce  These maps provide useful political and financial information.

SCIWay County Maps  This is SCIWay’s list of several South Carolina County maps available online.

USC Libraries Catalog – SC Maps  To see the list of maps at the South Caroliniana Library, visit the catalog and select “Columbia South Caroliniana Library” from the third menu.  

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