Maps and Geographic Data
The Map Collection (part of the Government Documents Department on the 5th floor) is Alden Library’s principal repository for sheet maps, including the complete set of topographic maps from the United States Geological Survey. Among its 120,000+ items, it also contains:
- aerial photographs
- weather maps
- cartographic reference tools
- indexes to map series
- general reference atlases
- wall maps
- some atlases that are too large for the stacks
For assistance in using the collection, don’t hesitate to ask at the 5th floor service desk. During daytime hours, the full-time staff will be able to provide in-depth assistance.
In addition to general atlases, Alden Library has a number of specialized types of atlases:
- Historical atlases (maps showing cities. countries, etc. in earlier periods of history)
- Road Atlases
- Thematic atlases (e.g., languages, oceans, religions, etc.)
Most of these are in the Reference Collection in the Learning Commons (2nd floor). Other parts of the library which have atlases are:
- Archives and Special Collections (5th floor)
- Center for International Collections (1st floor)
- Government Documents Department (5th floor)
Gazetteers are dictionaries of place names, both current and historical. A few samples:
- Columbia Gazetteer of the World – contains alphabetized entries with detailed statistics on location, name pronunciation, topography, history, and economic and cultural points of interest.
- DeLorme atlases and gazetteers — detailed road and topographical maps of each state in the United States
- Historical Gazetteer of the United States – contains local historic information, arranged in chronological order according to city or town.
A Few Online Map Sources
- David Rumsey Map Collection — historical map collection with more than 28,000 online maps; emphasis on North and South America, but also includes other parts of the world.
- Google Maps — web-based maps of the whole world. Various features include street-level views, terrain, photos, etc. For even more features, you can download Google Earth for Mac or Windows.
- Ohio Department of Transportation Maps Page — various types of maps of Ohio
- Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection – huge array of general, historical, and thematic maps for all parts of the world.
- U.S. National Atlas — huge array of maps of the U.S. highlighting agriculture, biology, climate, environment, history, and much else.