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* Geological Sciences: Maps at UK

A guide providing suggested resources and other information for research on the topics and subtopics of Geological Sciences

UK Libraries Map Guides

University of Kentucky Map Collection

The Map Collection is located on the 4th floor of the Science and Engineering Library.  Access to the collection is generally available M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.  You may call the Science and Engineering Library desk at (859) 257-0121 to make sure staff will be available to assist you before you arrive. 

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

Maps at the UK Libraries

A map of the British Empire in North AmericaNew map of Kentucky and Tennessee from authentic reports of county surveyors throughout the states of Kentucky and Tennessee with a new key for measuring distances and specifying localities (which key is secured by copyright.)

UK Libraries Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide

This guide serves as an introduction to resources found at the University of Kentucky and various websites to help you explore the concepts, approaches, and technologies that shape contemporary digital mapping. Additionally, this guide provides an overview of various digital map collections, projects, and blogs that are relevant to mapping and geospatial technologies.

Locate Geologic Maps on the Web