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Indiana State Library

Indiana State Library

Library > Collections & Services > Collections > Indiana Collection > Map Collection Map Collection

The Indiana State Library holds over 11,000 maps of Indiana and its geographic subdivisions.  This collection holds historic and current print maps of various size, content, and coverage area.  The maps must be viewed at the library and do not loan. Use the library catalog, guides, and indexes to help with your research.

Map Collection guides and indexes:

Historical Aerial Photo Viewers:


Selected bibliography of holdings at the Indiana State Library related to mapping:

Brown, Lloyd Arnold. Early Maps of the Ohio Valley: A selection of maps, plans, and views made by Indians and Colonials from 1673 to 1783. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1959. [GA444 E7] (Includes reproductions of the 52 maps discussed.)

Cohen, Paul E. Mapping the West: America’s westward movement 1524-1890. Rizzoli International Publications Inc., 2002. [GA408.5 W47 C64] (Mostly covers maps depicting the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean and migrations of people.)

Hubbard, Bill jr. American Boundaries: The nation, the states, the rectangular survey.  University of Chicago Press, 2009. [E179.5 H83] (Discusses the creation of states and the changing boundaries of the nation, how it was surveyed and how it was mapped.)

Kain, Roger J.P and Baigent, Elizabeth. The Cadastral Map in the Service of the State: A history of property mapping. University of Chicago Press, 1992. [GA109.5 K35] (Includes information on ancient property mapping in many parts of Europe and colonial settlement from Europe.) 

Pence, George and Armstrong, Nellie. Indiana Boundaries: Territory, state, and county. Indiana Historical Bureau, 1967. [IR 977.2 P397i]

Thorndale, William and Dollarhide, William. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920.  Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. : Baltimore, 1987. [G 9142.73 T496map] (shows how county boundaries in all states have changed from the 1790 census to 1920)

IND MH 4/20/2015