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Maps: Getting Started

A guide to frequently-used map resources.

Science and Engineering Library

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About the Map Collection

The Gwen Curtis Map Collection is located on the 4th floor of the Science and Engineering Library (on the south side of the Margaret I. King Library Building).  

Access to the collection is available from 10:00am - 3:00pm, Monday - Friday. However, an appointment must be made in advance. To make an appointment, please email or call Sarah Watson. She may be reached at: or 859-257-8359. 

Many of the materials are indexed in InfoKat Discovery.

Overview - The Map Collection includes approximately 242,000 paper maps and aerial photos. The following are examples of the types of cartographic materials found here.

  • Aerial photos of Kentucky counties
  • Current and historic Kentucky city, county, and state maps
  • Sanborn fire insurance maps of Kentucky cities
  • Digital images of historic Kentucky maps
  • Topographic maps of all 50 states
  • U.S. and international geologic maps
  • International topographic maps, mostly WWII era
  • U.S. and international nautical charts
  • U.S. Board on Geographic Names gazetteers
  • State, national, and thematic maps and atlases

Where to Find Us

Map Collection

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Sarah Watson
Science & Engineering Library
410B M.I. King Building