About Maryland Maps
Maryland Map Collection is a comprehensive collection of more than 2,500 map
titles depicting Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay, and the surrounding region.
Search and browse the collection using the search box and links on the right
side of the homepage. Selected maps have been
for this web database. Some maps in the collection are also described on the
library's online catalog.
The collection includes such noteworthy maps as
the first map to depict the Chesapeake Bay, published in 1590 as a result of Sir
Walter Raleigh's expedition. Other highlights include John Ogilby's 1671
Nova Terrae-Maria Tabulae, the earliest map that shows the counties of
Maryland, and Dennis Griffith's 1795 landmark map of Maryland, the most detailed
and accurate map of its time. One of the most spectacular maps in the collection
is the Bird’s Eye View of Baltimore published by Sachse in 1869, measuring
approximately 12 feet in length by 6 feet in height.
In addition, the
Department holds an extensive collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
including both the original and microfilm copies. These highly detailed maps,
published during the period of 1870 to 1950, show every structure in the central
portion of many cities and towns throughout the state. Maps produced by local
governments can be found here, and the collection supports the study of
Maryland's border disputes and document the development of the state.