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The Texas State Archives Map Collection contains original maps, reproductions, and compiled maps (which incorporate information collected from various sources) covering the period from the early seventeenth century through the late twentieth century.  These maps have been accessioned by the State Archives from a number of sources, including other state agencies, libraries, schools, businesses, and individuals. Please visit Maps in other TSLAC Collections for a list of our collections which include maps that may not be listed within this database.

Our Map Collection includes the following types of maps:

  • General maps of the state
  • General maps of the United States and Mexico (many include all or part of Texas)
  • Atlases (mainly 18th - 20th century world)
  • Birdseye views of Texas cities
  • Coastal charts and other nautical maps
  • County road maps produced by the Texas State Highway Department
  • County survey maps (usually produced by the Texas General Land Office)
  • Geological maps (state and county)
  • Highway and road maps
  • Military survey and reconnaissance maps
  • Oil and gas maps
  • Plans of forts, missions, presidios and battlegrounds
  • Railroad maps
  • Soil survey maps (county and region)
  • Street maps
  • Town plats
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps showing the topography of various Texas counties prior to 1900

For additional information concerning the types of maps found within this collection, please see our Map Indexes and Descriptions of Types webpage.

This database contains an entry for each map within the Map Collection.  Each entry may include the following information:

  • Title
  • Date (date of creation or publication)
  • Map number (for control purposes only; maps are numbered sequentially as they are received)
  • Publisher and/or cartographer (if known)
  • Scale
  • Size (measured between borders)
  • Type of map (general, topographic, etc.)
  • Format (type of copy and/or color)
  • Donor (if known)
  • Language
  • Related maps
  • Description of the map
  • Publication information
  • Subject terms

Not all maps within our Map Collection have been digitized.  The entries for maps that have been digitized will also include a small image of the map (clicking on this image will load a full size image within your browser), a link to download an image of the map, the image file size, and the date the map was scanned.   

To begin searching our online Map Collection, please visit our Search the Collection Web page.

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Page last modified: December 15, 2017