Print Map Collections

The Harvard Map Collection houses more than 400,000 print maps that range from 1493 to the present, along with tens of thousands more maps included in books. Explore a place, explore a subject, explore a time.
Matthaeus Seutter, "Hamburgum," 1725. View Details.
Harvard Map Collection

Founded in 1818, the Harvard Map Collection has grown to include more than 400,000 maps, 6,000 atlases, and 5,000 reference books.

The library's collections include everything from rare editions of Early Modern atlases to large-scale current topographic series for the whole world.

G.W. Bromley & Co., Atlas of the City of Cambridge, 1903: The page for Harvard Yard in a 1903 fire insurance atlas (brick buildings in red).
The page for Harvard Yard in a 1903 fire insurance atlas. View Details.
Harvard Map Collection

Other collection highlights include:

  • Maps of New England, including fire insurance atlases for all towns in Massachusetts
  • Maps of Germany from the 18th century to the present
  • 17th- and 18th-century cartography, including navigational atlases and city maps
  • Japanese and Chinese military surveys from the mid-20th century
  • The notebooks of Erwin Raisz
  • Cartographic curiosities, especially cartographic postcards
  • Pictorial maps, especially Ernest Dudley Chase and George Annand

Accessing These Materials

Many of our materials are cataloged in HOLLIS, but some sheet maps are only cataloged in our card catalog, accessible in the Map Collection or online.

The Map Collection is a closed-stacks library and an appointment is needed to view materials. All materials must be requested using the request item link in HOLLIS or by filling out a special collections request. More information about accessing special collection and archives. 

Staff will pull requested items immediately for patrons who are in the reading room. You may also request items in advance, and they will be retrieved when you arrive.

Antiquarian materials (pre-1900) can be viewed two at a time. Modern materials can be viewed and requested in larger groups. Consult a librarian for more information.