Maps and Cartography

The State Library's cartographic collections contains material concerning the geography, history and geology of New York State, the United States and the world, including:

  • historical and geographic maps of New York State, its cities, towns and villages,
  • maps of the Northeastern United States and other states,
  • military maps of the American Revolution and Civil War,
  • political maps,
  • Sanborn insurance maps,
  • land patents, records and surveys,
  • manuscript maps of lands in New York State,
  • a complete collection of New York State county atlases from the late 19th century, and
  • European atlases from the 16th to 20th centuries.

The bulk of the collection consists of maps produced by the Federal and New York State government and received as part of the State Library's participation in the Federal Depository Library Program and the New York State Document Depository Program.

Annotated Bibliography of Selected New York State Maps: 1793-1900

The Annotated Bibliography highlights selected New York State Library holdings of sheet and roll maps of the whole of New York State and of some regions larger than counties, dating from the period 1793 to 1900.

The bibliography is preceded by an overview of cartography in New York in the nineteenth century.

Last Updated: May 1, 2009