Cartography

The National Archives houses many millions of cartographic records relating to a wide range of topics.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploration and Scientific Surveys
  • Public Land Surveys and Settlement
  • Indian Affairs
  • Ship Design Plans
  • Civil War Maps
  • Defunct Railroad Line Maps from the early 20th century
  • Hydrography and Navigation
  • Topography and Natural Resources
  • Census Mapping
  • Urban Development
  • Maps of Foreign Countries in a variety of scales
  • Military Campaign Maps
  • Architectural and Engineering Drawings