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Massachusetts Maps

The Map Collection's maps of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: recent and historic USGS topographic quadrangles, satellite and aerial photo images, county soil surveys, remote sensing land use maps, flood insurance maps, geoscience thematic maps, travel and recreation maps.

Connecticut Valley Urban Area Project: environmental, geologic and hydrologic studies of the Connecticut River Valley. A USGS thematic quadrangle series of maps depicting the Connecticut River Valley and adjacent areas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, southern New Hampshire and Vermont.

Historic Maps of Massachusetts: nearly 1,000 historic maps and atlases depicting the state and its regions, counties, cities and towns.  Many of these historic maps include pictorial views or reflect specialized subject areas such as topography, transportation, roads, tourism, historic sites, commerce, census information, property division and ownership, and political boundaries.  More historic Massachusetts maps are among the early USGS topographic quadrangles dating from the late 1890's.  In addition the Collection holds digital historic maps of Franklin, Hampshire, Plymouth and Worcester Counties. 

Many of the Collection's Massachusetts maps and atlases can be found in the Library's online catalog including the more recent USGS topographic quadrangles.  Subject search "Massachusetts Maps".  Title search "topographic maps of Massachusetts"

Additional Massachusetts map resources:
Historic, General, Environmental and Geosciences


Special Collections and Archives Historic Maps

Digital Sanborn Maps for the 6 New England states database
Detailed depictions of cities and their structures for over a century.  Building dimensions, construction details, and significant building features

David Rumsey Map Collection database of historic atlases

Boston Streets.  Digitized historical atlas of the Boston Area. Tufts University

Boston Subsurface Project . Boston history, soil, and buildings. Historic maps showing changes since 1775.  Surficial geology and subsurface conditions found in a soil boring, and connected to existing buildings and their foundations with the soil conditions beneath them. Tufts University

Historic USGS Maps of Massachusetts.  University of New Hampshire

Library of Congress Panoramic Map 1847-1929.  Includes 100 views of Massachusetts towns in the 19th century.

Mapping Boston

MACRIS Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System, database on historic structures, properties and areas in Massachusetts

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

Oxford University's Bodleian Library Map Room.  Includes a plan of Boston from 1776.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection.  Historic city maps of Boston and Fall River.

Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library. Early American maps

Early Maps of the Connecticut River Valley by Harry Wright. From Cornell University Library

Harvard University’s Map Collection. Early Massachusetts maps

Massachusetts Historical Society. Early Massachusetts maps

Native American Deeds, Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds. Includes Native American routes and early European exploration and settlements.


American Factfinder.  Census Bureau reference maps:

Boston Atlas.  Boston Redevelopment Authority.  Overlays of streets, buildings, orthophotos, historic data.

Boston PMSA.  Five maps of the Boston area using 1990 census data.  University of Minnesota

Boston Redevelopment Authority.  Maps of Boston and its neighborhoods.

Citizen Information Service. Massachusetts County and legislative district maps.

Digital Atlas of Boston and Vicinity.  Professor William Bowen, California State University

Mass Geographic Information System (GIS)

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

Environmental and Geoscience

Connecticut River Homepage. Ed Klekowski and Libby Klekowski, University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Biology, history and geology of New England's longest river.

Dynamic Digital Maps. Christopher D. Condit, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Geoscience thematic maps with linked photo icons, map symbols, and site images.

Science and Engineering Library (ISEL). USGS geologic and hydrologic quadrangles for Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Environmental Maps and Destinations

Massachusetts Resource Identification Project (MRIP). GIS based natural resource identification and preservation project.

Office of the Massachusetts State Geologist:  Extensive geoscience map links

Woods Hole Science Center. Marine studies maps for Massachusetts coast and ocean areas.


Last Edited: 14 April 2015