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


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.  This collection features nationwide coverage for the conterminous United States.  The Geologic Highway Maps are available for viewing in the Map Library.

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 in the Map Library.

United States Geological Survey Geologic Maps (paper) The Map Library collection includes geologically-themed maps from the US Geological Survey covering South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.  These maps produced from the 1970’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 world maps  This Geology.com page has hundreds of maps from around the world.  They are not limited to geologic themes.

National Geologic Map Database  The USGS supports this catalog of over 78,000 maps.

Science Center for Coastal and Marine Geology  Part of the United States Geological Survey, this science center focuses on a wide range of coastal issues.

United States Geology Survey map bookmarks  This page displays a list of map links compiled by USGS.  They cover a wide range of geologic topics.

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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.

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.

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

ESRI Data and Maps (digital) As an ESRI customer, the University of South Carolina receives the ESRI Data and Maps DVDs.  This collection of 5 DVDs includes over 24 gigabytes of geographic information.

GIS Links:

Celestia  Celestia is 3D navigational tool for the universe.  It includes over 100,000 stars and even allows extragalactic travel.

Census Bureau TIGER/Line  The Census Bureau’s TIGER data is an excellent source of boundary information for the US.

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

Coastal and Marine Geology Map Program  This USGS program produces GIS information about geologically significant issues of the United States’ coastlines.

Digital Northern Great Plains  This GIS from the University of North Dakota displays satellite data for Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

ESRI Community Showcase  ESRI promotes many web-based map projects which make creative use of their software.

ESRI Geographic Data Portals  Worldwide GIS leader ESRI provides links to commonly required data.

Flash Earth  This web application displays imagery from a variety of online sources and is useful for comparing coverage.

Geographic Information Network of Alaska  GINA is a program from the University of Alaska which contains a wealth of geographic data to include satellite imagery.

Geospatial One-Stop  Geospatial One-Stop is a clearinghouse for government maps and data.

Global Environment Outlook Data Portal  This database from the United Nations Environment Program comprises information ranging from as broad as administrative boundaries to as specific as number of passengers carried by railway.  The website allows users to display information as a map, graph or table and also download it in several formats.

Global Land Cover Facility  This University of Maryland program allows users to browse and download a global database of remotely sensed data.

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.

Melissa DATA: Lookups  Although it requires free registration, this site provides data tools for finding information about ZIP codes, addresses and even campaign contributors.

Microsoft Virtual Earth  This site shows Microsoft’s web-based GIS, Virtual Earth implemented in the form of Live Search Maps.

NASA Solar System Simulator  This web-based program from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory generates views of celestial objects based on the user’s parameters.

National Park Service GIS  The NPS provides information about the areas for which it is responsible.

New York State Museum GIS  This collection of GIS data focuses mainly on information from the state of New York.

Planetary GIS This site from the USGS Astrogeology Research Program provides users with the data required to create maps of moons and other planets.

Stanford University GIS  This site describes, lists and links to GIS data available from the Branner Library and other sources.

University of Arkansas Libraries GIS  This page from the University of Arkansas Libraries both includes and links to useful GIS data.

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.

US Fish and Wildlife Service GIS  The FWS hosts relevant biogeographical information as well as linking to the GIS data provided by other agencies.

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Historic Maps:   

Ancient World Atlas Collection (digital) This 3-disc set includes the 1869 Geographical Fun atlas which presents twelve stylized outlines of European nations.  The set also includes an atlas from 16th Century cartographer Battista Agnese.  His atlas includes a world map which Agnese originally inscribed with silver and gold to represent discovery and wealth.  The third disc in the Ancient World Atlas Collection contains another 16th Century atlas, this one by Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius.  The Ortelius atlas has been called the “summary of 16th century cartography.”  The Ancient World Atlas Collection is available on CD-ROM in the Map Library.  All images are stored in MrSID format.

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 Map Library Collections (digital) The Map Library has 7 different collections from the Historic Map Library series.  Each of these collections contains dozens of scanned maps in highly-portable GIF format.  The collections at the Map Library are:

  • British Isles 1856 to 1920
  • British Isles 300 B.C. to 1800’s A.D.
  • Eastern United States 1887
  • Europe 1856 to 1920
  • European boundaries 300 B.C. to 1880 A.D.
  • United States and Canada before 1800
  • Western United States 1887
  • Eastern United States 1887

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

Historic US Maps Collection (digital) - This 6-disc collection of rare atlases covers several important points of US history.  The set includes the 1870, 1880 and 1890 Statistical Atlases, as well as the Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon District, images of “Indian Land Cessions” in the US, and a topographic atlas of the US and West Indies.   All of these images are in MrSID format and available in the Map Library.

Railroad Line Collection (digital) - This 5-disc collection of historic railroad maps dates back to the beginning of the railroads in the United States.  These high-resolution scans often include extra points of interest such as county boundaries or the names of officers working on certain projects.  The collection’s 390 images are stored in MrSID format.

Revolutionary War Map Collection (digital) - A 6-disc archive of 366 high-resolution scans, this collection features maps of the US and Canada before, during, and immediately following the American Revolution.  All of these images are in MrSID format and available in the Map Library.

United States Geological Survey Topographic Maps: 1888-1975 (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 an extensive collection of topographic maps covering the United States and many of the South Carolina maps 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.  Historic topographic maps are available for viewing in the Map Library (searchable list) during regular hours.  The historic South Carolina quads are also available digitally.

International Topographic Maps (paper) - The Map Library has a number of topographic map collections from around the world.  The collections include British Ordnance Survey maps dating back to 1947, French IGN maps back to 1974, German topographic maps from 1955 and many more.  All of these maps are available for viewing in the Map Library.

An Historical Atlas of Islam (digital) - This CD-ROM atlas covers the historic origin and diffusion of Islam with statistics and maps.  The CD-ROM is available for use upon request.

Historic Map Links:

Ancestry.com Historic US Maps 1513-1990 This commercial genealogy research site has historic maps dating back to the 16th century.

Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives  This group representing Canadian cartographers and map librarians has a substantial archive of historic maps and bird’s eye views.

Cartographic Institute of Catalonia  The ICC hosts many historic maps of Spain and the world.  The “English” option is in the page’s upper-right corner.

Centennia Historical Atlas  This animated map program displays Europe as it changes through the past 1000 years. 

David Rumsey Historic Map Collection  This collection of 17,500 rare 18th and 19th century maps focuses primarily on North and South America as well as the rest of the world.

Historic Urban Plans  This vendor has about 500 images ranging from the 13th Century to the 20th.

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

Internet Public Library Maps & Atlases  The IPL lists web resources that include but also extend beyond historic maps.

University of Connecticut  This site also includes a list of sites with historic maps in addition to many more resources.

Maptech Historical Topographic Maps  Maptech provides historically valuable USGS topographic maps online as a service to the mapping community.

McElfresh Map Company  Cartographer Earl McElfresh produces acclaimed maps of historic locations—most notably battlefields.

Omnimap.com Historical Maps  This vendor sells reproduction historic maps and a few original pieces like World War II “silk escape” maps.

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection – Historical Maps This large collection of historic maps from the University of Texas also includes links to many other map collections.

Prime Meridian Web Resources  This antique map and book dealer lists a variety of sites featuring historic maps.

United States Historical Archive  This vendor sells reproductions of historic maps.

University of Alabama Historical Map Archive UA provides a digital collection of historic maps available for online viewing.  The coverage is worldwide.

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Navigation & Travel    

Aeronautical: (paper) The Map Library’s collection of Defense Mapping Agency aeronautical charts includes Tactical Pilotage Charts (1:500000 scale), Operational Navigation Charts (1:1000000 scale) and Jet Navigation Charts (1:2000000 scale) dating from the 1970’s to the present.  The aeronautical charts are available for viewing in the Map Library.

Aeronautical Chart Links:

National Aeronautical Charting Office  The Federal Aviation 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 current and historic NOAA nautical charts of the United States (1:40000 and 1:80000 scale) as well as international coastal charts which include Stanford’s Charts for Coastline Navigators and Stanford’s Harbour Charts for Yachtsmen (both 1971) from the United Kingdom.

Nautical Chart Links:

East View Cartographic Nautical Charts  East View Cartographic sells nautical charts from around the world.  The company also sells other types of maps and data.

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 collection of road maps from around the world includes city, region and national 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.  The collection’s coverage is heaviest in the United States, but the international maps include many interesting themes (e.g. French road maps with guides to cheese and wine). These maps are available for viewing in the Map Library.

Road Map Links:

AAA TripTiks Travel Planner  This online map system from AAA includes extra travel information such as locations and pricing for hotels and gas stations.

Google Maps  Google Maps provides road maps, directions and satellite images for the entire globe.

Microsoft Virtual Earth  This site shows Microsoft’s web-based GIS, Virtual Earth implemented in the form of Live Search Maps.

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Travel Guides: (paper) The Map Library contains a number of travel guides and guidebooks for various locations around the world.  To find a specific place’s guide, please contact the Map Library staff.

Travel Guide Links:

Fodor’s Travel Guides  Fodor’s is the world’s largest producer of English language travel guides.  The site also provides free travel tips and information.

Frommer’s Travel Guides  Frommer’s produces a best-selling line of travel guides.  On the site, they have tourist information for many popular destinations around the world.

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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.

International Topographic Maps (paper) The Map Library owns a number of topographic map series from around the world.  The collection includes British Ordnance Survey maps dating back to 1947, French IGN maps back to 1974, German topographic maps from 1955 and many more.  All of these maps are available for viewing in the Map Library.

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.  This collection features nationwide coverage for the conterminous United States.  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.

US 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 an extensive collection of topographic maps covering the United States and many of the South Carolina maps 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.  Topographic maps are available for viewing in the Map Library (searchable list) during regular hours and the historic South Carolina quads are also available digitally.  Maps featured here have coverage ranging from the usual 7.5” to older 15” and 30” versions.   The most current topographic maps are scheduled for conversion to digital format.

Physical Geography Links:

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

Astrogeology Research Program  This site shows the results of attempts to map and explore the solar system.  The site includes maps and GIS data for a variety of planets and moons.

Cartographic Institute of Catalonia  The ICC hosts topographic maps for the region in several scales.  The “English” option is in the page’s upper-right corner.

Celestia  Celestia is 3D navigational tool for the universe.  It includes over 100,000 stars and even allows extragalactic travel.

Climate Research Lab  This USC Geography Department lab focuses on meteorology and climatology. 

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

Flash Earth  This web application displays imagery from a variety of online sources and is useful for comparing coverage.

Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth  This program hosts the most complete collection (over 1 million) photos of Earth taken by astronauts.  Many of these images are available in very high resolution.

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

Maptech Online Maps  Maptech provides a variety of maps and map services including topographic maps and boating charts.  

NASA Solar System Simulator  This web-based program from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory generates views of celestial objects based on the user’s parameters.

Science Center for Coastal and Marine Geology  Part of the United States Geological Survey, this science center focuses on a wide range of coastal issues.

United States Geological Survey Maps and Aerial Photos Online  This page lists several projects resulting from cooperation between USGS and private companies.

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.

CD Atlas Collections (digital) The Map Library has several digital atlases on CD-ROM.  Available volumes include Africa Interactive Maps, Virtual Visits to the Cities of Europe and Travelmanager.  All of these collections are available for viewing the Map Library.

Map Library Paper Map Collection (paper) The Map Library contains resources too numerous to list detailing political features around the world.  This material includes atlases and maps of historic and current counties, cities and districts.  The historic boundaries of countries 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.

Political Links:

Digital South Asia Library  This project from the University of Chicago’s Center for Research Libraries showcases maps, photos and more from Asia.

ePodunk  Highlighting the “power of place,” this site provides profiles on 46,000 locations across America.

Geology.com world maps  This Geology.com page has hundreds of maps from around the world.  They are not limited to geologic themes.

Graphic Maps World Atlas  This online atlas provides answers to many quick geography questions and also provides free map clip art.

Melissa DATA: Lookups  Although it requires free registration, this site provides data tools for finding information about ZIP codes, addresses and even campaign contributors.

Printable Maps  This website offers a limited selection of outline maps.

Social Explorer  This site publishes detailed demographic information about the United States.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development  The HUD Enterprise Geographic Resource System site comprises two tools for finding information about HUD projects in certain communities.

ZipSkinny  This site provides a handy display for census data.

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