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Using the Map Collections

Other Sources of Map Information

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Indexes & Library Catalogs

These tools will lead you to maps that may be held at Stanford but which are not listed (or not listed separately) in SearchWorks. Those resources whose use is restricted to members of the Stanford community are marked with the Stanford only icon. The Restricted Electronic Resources page allows Stanford users to connect to many databases from outside the Stanford Network. Choose the [help] after a database name to see help for that resource.

  • GeoRef [help] Stanford only
      Geoscience maps 1785-Present for North America, 1933-present for other areas.
  • National Geologic Map Database
      USGS' searchable catalog of paper and digital geologic maps for the U.S. and possessions
  • Guide to USGS Publications
      A list of USGS series maps, with subject and area indexes
      Earth Sciences Mezzanine (ready reference) Z6026 G6
  • Index to Geologic Maps of California
      Earth Sciences Mezanine (ready reference) 622.06 C1535
  • Geologic Map Index to U.S.G.S. 7.5' & 15' Quadrangles of California, 1883-
  • Index to Maps in Earth Science Publications, 1963-1983
      Earth Sciences Ref QE36 V36 1985 (also Map Ref)
  • Geologic Maps of Nevada
      Contains references to published maps broken down by 30x60-minute quads
  • List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress
    Indexes in the backs of volumes contain entries to many of the maps contained in the atlases listed. Vols. 2 and 8 are indexes for vols. 1 and 7.
    Earth Sciences Map Ref Z6028 .U56 and Spec. Coll. Rare Books Ref (v.5-8)
  • List of Maps of America in the Library of Congress
    Earth Sciences Map Ref Z6027 .A5U5
  • Medieval Studies: Maps & Atlases
    SUL/AIR's checklist of printed and online sources
  • RLIN Catalog Select "R" from the list and then choose the RLIN file. Stanford only
  • World Catalog (OCLC). [help] Stanford only .
  • Soviet Military Topographic Map Sets
      Checklist of map sets held by Stanford and University of California map libraries
  • Stanford's Special Collections Antiquarian Map Catalog
      An online catalog of the maps held in Special Collections.
For additional indexes and bibliographies search SearchWorks under subjects such as:

  • Maps Bibliography Catalogs
  • Atlases Bibliography
  • [Place names] Maps Bibliography (e.g., Mexico Maps Bibliography)
  • [Subject] Maps Bibliography (e.g., Geology Maps Bibliography or Geology
    California Maps Bibliography)
  • [Subject] Maps Indexes

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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks

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Online Journals


  • Guide to U.S. Map Resources
    Earth Sciences Reference GA193 .U5 C62 1990
  • World Directory of Map Collections
    Green Library Stacks GA192 .W67 1993

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Online gazetteers:

Branner and other libraries on campus have many printed place name dictionaries or gazetteers. They typically give latitude and longitude of places and sometimes the origin of the name. To locate these in SearchWorks search under the subjects:

  • [Place] Gazetteers (e.g., Poland Gazetteers)
  • Names, Geographical [Place] (e.g., Names geographical California) [origins of place names]
  • Geography Dictionaries [for world-wide gazetteers]

A few heavily used gazetteers:

  • The Columbia Gazetteer of the World
    Earth Sci Ref & Green Information Center Ready Reference G103.5 .C65 1998; Hoover Ref G103.5 .C645 1998
    Earlier eds. in various libraries under title: The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World
  • Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary
    Earth Sci Ref. G103.5 W52 1997; Hoover Ref G103 .W386 1997
  • California Place Names; the Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names (Gudde)
    Earth Sci Reference F859 .G79 1998 -- other libraries have earlier editions
  • California Geographic Names: a Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State / David L. Durham
    Earth Sci Reference F859 .D87 1998

Other Information Resources

Valuation and Conservation

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Public document. Compiler: Phil Hoehn. Maintained by Julie Sweetkind-Singer  

Last modified: March 22, 2007

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