Dallas Public Library – Map Collection

Genealogy & History

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 8th floor | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201

Map Collection

Dallas Public Library houses one of the area’s most comprehensive, public collections of

topographic and city maps and atlases

. DPL is part of the Federal depository library program, and the
collection includes maps and reports published by the U.S. Geological Survey as well as the CIA.

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 8th floor | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201 history@dallaslibrary.org | 214-670-1433Dallas Public Library houses one of the area’s most comprehensive, public collections of. DPL is part of the Federal depository library program, and the collection includes maps and reports published by the U.S. Geological Survey as well as the CIA.

Highlights include:

The USGS 1:24,000 scale topographic maps cover the whole of Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, with partial coverage for the remaining states. Coverage at the 1:100,000 and 1:250,000 scales is comprehensive for the 48 contiguous states. Topographic and geologic maps of Mexico and several other countries are also available.

These collections are supplemented by books on the history and science of cartography, map-interpretation, and related subjects. A lighted map tracing table is available for patron use. Items for which we hold duplicate copies, including road maps and street atlases, can normally be checked out to patrons with a Dallas Public Library Card.

All of these resources are located on the 8th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library at 1515 Young Street. As a convenience to you, we have gathered links to high-quality, map-oriented digital resources.

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Links to Current Map Resources

USGS The National Map
This will take you to a variety of maps created by the U.S. Geological Survey. These include:

  • U.S. Topographical Maps: This series began in 2009, are interactive and are continuously updated online.
  • Historic Topographical Maps: Every USGS topo map before 2009 is located here. Just type a place or address
    and a timeline will appear that will allow you access that map from that year.
  • National Hydrography Dataset: These maps allow you to look at the location and flow of surface water in the U.S.
  • 3D Elevation: These are 3D images of selected areas of the U.S.

USGS National Geologic Map Database
An interactive database featuring a variety of geologic maps covering the entire United States.

NOAA Navigational Charts
Created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this database allows you to view and download navigation charts
of varying scales of coastal waters, including the Great Lakes, of the United States

NOAA Bathymetric and Fishing Maps
Also by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this database, primarily used by fishermen, shows the depth of all the lakes, rivers,
and coastal waters in the United States.

National Park Service Map Database

A repository of maps for all of the National Park Service sites.

National Forest Service Map Database

An interactive database that provides maps for all of the National Forest Service lands

Bureau of Land Management Map Database
Downloadable maps of public lands available from the Bureau of Land Management

Texas General Land Office GIS Maps and Data
This page contains a collection of dynamic, interactive mapping tools that provide access to the vast collection of spatial data
available at the Texas General Land Office, as well as download links for authoritative datasets.

DFW Maps
This database from the North Central Texas Council of Governments provides aerial maps of the DFW metropolitan area going back to 1999.

City of Dallas Zoning Maps
This is an interactive database showing the various zoning areas of the City of Dallas.

The Atlas of Canada
A key source of geographic information the Atlas of Canada provides a selection of interactive and historical maps and
geographical data available for reference or downloading

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Links to Historic Map Resources

Historic Aerials

Historic Aerials provides aerial photos taken across the decades of areas all over the US. Including Dallas going back to 1958.
You can also overlay current maps over the photos. They also include some topographic maps as well.

Aerial photos of Dallas
From SMU’s Foscoe Map Library, these are digitized copies of the 93 aerial photos of Dallas taken for the 1930 Fairchild Survey.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Digital collection from the University of Texas at Austin. A superb collection of digital maps covering almost the entire world.
Includes historical maps of Texas cities.

Library of Congress Digital Map Collection
The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of current and historical maps, including many for Texas, on their website.

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