Map Collection and Resources (U of O Libraries)
Historic Metsker Maps List (Location list from U of O)
Sanborn Maps (State Library users login - registration req.)
Historical Map Collections (Oregon State University Libraries)
ORMAP (online maps of all Oregon taxlots)
Oregon Department of Forestry Maps & Data
Oregon Geospatial Data Clearinghouse (GIS data sets)
DOGAMI Interactive Maps & Geospatial Data
Aerial Photograph Collection (UofO Library)
Aerial Photos (OSU Library)
Historic topographic maps from circa 1900 to present are available in high definition scans from the United States Geologic Survey.
Maps can be uploaded using The National Map Download Client.
Step 1: Zoom into the location you are interested in (using search box or navigating within the map)
Step 2: On menu at left, select "Historic Topographic Maps" (click box)
Step 3: Select type of historic map you want from the list on the left (7.5 x 7.5 minute and 15 x 15 minute are most commonly used)
Step 4: From list of maps, click “Download File” link (for TIFF) or "Other Format" link (pdf) next to quadrangle name and year you want
Find maps and nautical charts of Oregon’s coast, estuaries and larger, navigable rivers. Many charts date before 1900. Other coastal survey publications are available as well.
Main link: https://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search
From the search page you can either use
Option 1: “Select Point on Map” tool
Option 2: Scroll down to see title keyword search box (try “Umpqua”).
Note: Search results can be filtered by source type (for example “nautical charts”) or year, and be accessed using the provided viewer or downloaded and used later.
Most of the maps in this collection are hand drawn made by surveyors hired by the United States General Land Office scans of which are made available from the Bureau of Land Management and the University of Oregon. They were originally made to document the land claims made by settlers to this region. Though they can vary in detail, they are a rich cartographic resource showing the location of homesteads, roads, buildings and land forms. The majority of the maps date from 1852-1910 (a handful of maps are later).
The easiest way to access the maps is to use the map viewer provided by the BLM:
Step 1: Click inside the grid square on the map for the location you are interested in.
Step 2: Select a maps from the section “Survey Plats”. The date of the map is in third column.
Step 3: Click in the link to open a high resolution scan of the map.
Note: A modern “base map” of the section and the scans of the original field notes can also be viewed and uploaded.
A more simplified site is provided by U of O (https://library.uoregon.edu/map/GIS/Data/Oregon/GLO/index.html ) which is easy to use if the township section number is already known.
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