- Boulder Maps & Aerial Photos
- Climate & Ecology
- Boulder History
Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library
Katie Lage, Map Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Benson Earth Sciences building, lower floor of the library
City of Boulder web map: topography, aerial photography, building footprints, zoning, and more.
Ask the Map Library for help using this site. The contour layer (topography) is under the “layers” tab under “basic map layers.” You need to check the box and then update the map in order to see them.
Good overview of the change in the city over time. Click on “map locator and downloader.” Then, search for Boulder, CO. Click on the red pin. You’ll get a list of topographic maps for Boulder with different dates. You can download any of these for free, just click download.
Views & Aerial Photographs
Early views of Boulder show the landscape for context. Search for “boulder creek” but also more general views of Boulder to see the development and landscape.
Follow the instructions under “Digital Photographs,” center of this page: , to search for them. For example: http://www.boulderlibrary.org/cwjpgs/208-6-1photo_1.jpg
Historical aerial photos
Map Library--Map Book F784.B66 L36 2008
Book with historical photos and views. On reserve in the Map Library.
Weather & Climate
Visit their page on climate and weather in Boulder: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/boulder/
Especially this article on the Colorado Climate http://ccc.atmos.colostate.edu/pdfs/climateofcoloradoNo.60.pdf
The Boulder Weather Log by William G. Callahan
Norlin Library--Government Information--Reference QC984.C6 C3 1986
Gives a historical overview of Boulder weather.
Earth Sciences Library--Stacks QC984.C7 N45 1999
Historic Boulder Streamflow from the Colorado Divison of Water Resources
Start with Boulder Creek and from the county tab, select Boulder. You can pick from the list of stations and see how far back the data is available. Depending on the monitoring station,the earliest measurements are from the 1900s.
Watershed quality (including sediment)http://wwwbrr.cr.usgs.gov/projects/SWC_Boulder_Watershed/
The Ditch Project: 150 years of ditches: Boulder’s Constructed Landscapehttp://bcn.boulder.co.us/basin/ditchproject/ Look at the “Then and Now” and “Natural History” tabs.
Natural History, Vegetation & Wildlife
Map Library--Reference QH105.C6 C87 1993
Book with natural history, vegetation and wildlife info, seasonal tables and descriptions and more. On reserve in the Map Library
Norlin Library--Science Library--Stacks QK150 .W4 1976
A field guide for the identification of the ferns, conifers, and flowering plants of the southern Rocky Mountains from Pikes Peak to Rocky Mountain National Park and from the plains to the Continental Divide
Historical insurance maps of Boulder. Go to the map library to see the paper collection, which holds maps of more Colorado cities and different years. Please make an appointment to view these: email@example.com
The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History archive collects, preserves, and disseminates collections of materials on the history of Boulder County—with an emphasis on Boulder—and its people.
Found in the Art & Architecture Collection
Images of Boulder, then and now
Map Library--Map Book F784.B66 L36 2008
Book with historical photos and views. On reserve in the Map Library
Norlin Library--Stacks F782.B6 S26 2000
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Citing Maps & Aerial Photographs
There is some key information specific to maps to include in your citations, most importantly: scale. Also, often the author of a map is a government agency or a company, not a single person Guidelines and examples are here: http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/map/links/reference.htm.
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