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Maps: Introduction

A guide to map resources found at UK Libraries and online.

The Science & Engineering Library

About the Gwen Curtis Map Collection

Access to the collection is available from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday – Friday. Prior to visiting the collection, please book an appointment or email Sarah Watson: sarahwatson@uky.edu


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

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Sarah Watson
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Contact:
Science & Engineering Library
859-257-8359
Subjects: Geography & Maps