NOS Office of Coast Survey
Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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This page of the Historical Map and Chart Collection is dedicated to highlighting a series of maps and/or charts on a rotational basis.

Lake Survey

This collection of US Lake Survey Maps were digitized as part of a cooperative project between the Wisconsin Water Library at UW-Madison and the following partners: UW Digital Collections, the Map Division at the Library of Congress, the Division of Library, Archives and Museum Collections at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Water Library is an outreach library as part of the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program.

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Charting a More Perfect Union


A collection of Coast Survey maps and sketches throughout the Civil War.

Browse a subset of the Civil War collection geographically with this Coast Survey Civil War Web Map

Nautical Charts Contribute to Economic Growth and National Defense

This report contains a collection of historically significant Coast Survey charts and documents.

Surface Currents of the Great Lakes


A book published by the Weather Bureau about currents of the Great Lakes, deduced from the movements of bottle papers during the seasons of 1892 1893 and 1894.

New York Bay and Harbor


This collection illustrates the changes in design of nautical charts over the years.

International Boundary, Along the 141st Meridian

A set of maps prepared for the International Boundary Commission detailing the boundary between The United States and Canada from the Arctic Ocean to Mount St. Elias.

King Plats of Washington


A collection of reprints by the Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1884 of King plats of Washington, DC which were originally made in 1803.

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