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Maps: Introduction

A guide to map resources at UK Libraries and online.

About the Gwen Curtis Map Collection

The Gwen Curtis Map Collection is located on the 4th floor of the Science and Engineering Library.

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 Sarah Watson. She may be reached at:

In 2018, the collection was named in honor of Gwen Curtis, who worked with the maps for 45 years. During her tenure, the Map Collection grew to become the largest research map collection in Kentucky.

Overview of Materials

The Map Collection includes approximately 250,000 paper maps and aerial photos. Below are examples of the types of cartographic materials found in the collection. Additionally, many of the materials are indexed in InfoKat Discovery.

- 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

Maps & Geospatial Services Manager

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Sarah Watson
Science & Engineering Library

Maps & Atlases Liaison