UCB Libraries

ENVD 1102

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  • Boulder Maps & Aerial Photos
  • Climate & Ecology
  • Boulder History
  • Citing


Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library
Katie Lage, Map Librarian, maplib@colorado.edu
Benson Earth Sciences building, lower floor of the library


Start Here:

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.


USGS Topographic maps from 1902-current 


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.


Carnegie Library

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


Denver Public Library


Historical aerial photos

Boulder 1859-1919

Map Library--Map Book  F784.B66 L36 2008

Book with historical photos and views. On reserve in the Map Library.




Go on to Boulder's Climate & Ecology >>


Weather & Climate


Visit their page on climate and weather in Boulder: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/boulder/


Colorado Climate Center

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.


The Colorado weather book

Earth Sciences Library--Stacks QC984.C7 N45 1999


Boulder Interactive Flood Map


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

Boulder County Plant Ecology


Boulder Open Space Flora


Boulder County Nature Almanac

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


Rocky Mountain Flora

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

Go on to Boulder History >>


Web Resources

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Digital Collection.

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: maplib@colorado.edu


Boulder History Museum


City of Boulder History


Carnegie Branch Library for Local History

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.

Print Resources

Books on Boulder's Historic Architecture and City Planning

Found in the Art & Architecture Collection


Books with Pictorial History of Boulder

Images of Boulder, then and now


Books on Boulder's History


Boulder 1859-1919

Map Library--Map Book  F784.B66 L36 2008

Book with historical photos and views. On reserve in the Map Library


High, wild, and handsome: the story of Colorado's beautiful South Boulder Creek and Eldorado Canyon

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.

How to Cite Government Documents


CU Libraries Guide to Citation Styles and Management



Citation Managers


A web-based citation management tool that allows you to save citations and retrieve them later using "Find it at CU" buttons. Citations from most databases can be easily exported directly to RefWorks. It also creates and formats bibliographies automatically using the citations you store in it.



A Firefox plugin that easily captures citations from library catalogs and article databases. Integrates with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice to generate bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations. Allows annotation and the generation of annotated bibliographies



Stand alone software that allows you to organize your citations, add pdf's, and annotate. Integrates with word processing software.