Maps and Geography

**This database can also be accessed on the Library's wifi network (LVA-Guest) or outside of the Library from the LVA website ( with a Library of Virginia library card.


Board of Public Works Inventory - The records of the Board of Public Works are rich in the details of the development of Virginia's internal improvements during the nineteenth century. This inventory provides the title of each record series, with information as to date range and quantity.

Gazetteer of Virginia [1904] (Internet Archive)


Geographic Regions of Virginia (Virginia Dept. of Education)


Historic Alexandria Maps (Alexandria Library)


Originial Land Grants of Loudoun County (Loudoun County Office of Mapping and Geographic Information) - Provides the location of the original land grants within the present day Loudoun County from the early 1700s to early 1800s. Includes year, grantee, acreage of the grant, USGS quad name, GIS acres, and additional comments.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist (Library of Congress) - Provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division. Continually updated to reflect new acquisitions.

**Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970) - Historical Virginia fire insurance maps searchable by address or geographic coordinates. Allows maps from different years to be layered on top of each other and over modern street, satellite, and hybrid images. These maps are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.

Virginia Maps (Perry-Castaneda Library) - Includes state and historical maps, as well as maps of national parks, monuments, and historic sites.



American Memory: Map Collections (Library of Congress)

--Civil War Maps (Library of Congress, Virginia Historical Society, and Library of Virginia) - Includes detailed battle maps made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss for Generals Lee and Jackson, General Sherman's Southern military campaigns, and maps taken from diaries, scrapbooks, and manuscripts.

**Antique Map Price Record - Includes the most up-to-date information on the antique maps market, compiled from the offerings of hundreds of dealer and auction catalogs. The database currently contains over 80,000 entries, representing thousands of mapmakers, with new listings being routinely added as they become available.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries - (Newberry Library) - Covers changes in the size, location, name, organization, and attachment of each U.S. county and state from the creation of the first county in 1634 through 2000. (See Virginia content).

Census Atlas of the United States (U.S. Census Bureau) - Maps showing distributions of population, income, housing, race, migration, language, ancestry, education levels, and more

GNIS [Geographic Names Information System] (USGS) - Allows users to search for geographic names by feature name, state, county, topo map name, feature class, elevation, and more.

Geologic Atlas of the United States (Texas A&M University) - Set of 227 folios published from 1894-1945 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Each folio includes both topographic and geologic maps for each quad represented, as well as a description of the basic and economic geology of the area.

Google Maps - Provides street, earth, and satellite maps, as well as street views, live traffic updates, and directions (driving, walking, public transit, and bicycling).

**Historic Map Works Library Edition - Provides access to over 1.5 million U.S. cadastral (land ownership) maps from the late 1700s to the present day and thousands of antiquarian maps covering the world (1400s-1800s). Includes geocoded maps which can be overlaid with present day Google map images and a Points of Interest Map Finding Tool to help users locate places and geographical features (e.g., buildings, streams, bridges, etc.). Provides access to over 1,000 city directories and to thousands of map-related images of family residences, buildings, advertisements, and more.

Map Machine (National Geographic) - World map, street and satellite maps.

MapQuest - Provides street and satellite maps, as well as 360 views, live traffic updates, and directions (driving, walking, and public transit). 

Office of Coast Survey Historical Map & Chart Collection (NOAA) - Contains over 21,000 maps and charts for the years 1747 to 2001.


State Online Atlases (Western Illinois University Libraries) - Includes a statistical atlas for Virginia, a digital atlas of Virginia flora and a collection of digital maps for elections and elected officials.


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