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Map & Directory Keyword Search
Keyword search queries our database for map names, atlas names, publishers, dates, and locations that match your keywords. Results are divided into United States (Maps, Atlases, Bird's Eye Views, Illustrations & Directories) and World (Maps, Atlases & Special Collection) categories.
Looking for an address or place such as a park, university or building?
Use our Address or Place Search
Search Hint: For even more results when searching for U.S. towns & cities, try typing in the name of the associated county.
Address or Place Search
Address search queries our database of geocoded United States maps and returns maps containing your address. If no exact match is found, results for the city or town entered are displayed.
GPS search queries our database of geocoded United States maps (click here to see a list by state) by latitude and longitude coordinates, in degrees. A list of maps containing the coordinates are returned.
Enter the coordinates you wish to search, or click anywhere on the map to the right to populate the fields below with the coordinates of that point.
Location search queries our database for cities, towns, townships, counties and geographic features in a particular state.
Item Number Search
Find a map by Historic Map Works item number:
Search by Publisher Name:
Directories search queries our database for any keyword that appears on our directory pages.
*This feature is currently free, but requires some credit in your account.
Landowners Name Search
Points of Interest Search
About the Points of Interest Search
Sometimes when trying to find the perfect map you don't know the exact place name or address of the area you are researching. In those situations, instead of browsing the collection, try typing in the name of a point of interest near that area. For example, if you knew your grandmother grew up around the corner from a certain church. Type the name of that church into the Points of Interest Search to see the relevant maps that cover that geographic area.
How do I get started?
Choose a state from the drop down.
Then enter the name of whatever point of interest you are looking for.
Some of the more popular searches are for the names of schools, cemeteries, churches, hospitals, military places, streams, summits, airports, harbors, parks, post offices, reservoirs, trails, and valleys.
Though less popular, other valid categories from the database include the names of: archs, arroyos, bars, basins, bays, beachs, benchs, bends, bridges, canals, capes, census, channels, cliffs, craters, crossings, dams, falls, flats, forests, gaps, geysers, glaciers, guts, islands, isthmus, lavas, levees, mines, oilfields, pillars, plains, ranges, rapids, reserves, ridges, seas, slopes, springs, swamps, towers, tunnels, unknown, wells, and woods.
Used in conjunction with the Historic Earth™, Geographic Browse, and Address Lookup, this new tool will help you explore the collection from a different angle.
Historic Photos Search
Choose a state from the drop down.
Then in the search box, enter the name of a city or town. Alternative searches could including searching for a family name, the building name or even a general description of how the building was used - i.e. city hall, church, workshop, hospital, mail, ect.
Search results will appear with clickable thumbnails on the pages that follow.
Used in conjunction with the Historic Earth™, Geographic Browse, Address Lookup, and Points of Interest Search, this new tool will help you explore the collection from a different angle.
Map Landowners Search
Enter a last name in the search box and select a state from the dropdown menu.
Only first 500 results will be displayed.