Map Literature, Organizations, and Libraries
- Map Organizations
- Listservs & Forums
- Local Map Libraries
GISCO has been established to represent and foster GIS activities throughout Colorado with a goal to further the sharing of data and exchange of ideas.
A nonprofit organization of universities and scientific organizations dedicated to expanding and strengthening geographic information science education and research. The University of Colorado, Boulder is the founding member.
Colorado Geographic Alliance
Provides an on-line tool for ordering, accessing, and browsing geography education information from COGA and from other organizations. COGA is an organization comprised of approximately 7,000 classroom teachers, administrators, professors, and interested citizens dedicated to promoting and improving geography education in schools at all levels in Colorado.
American Library Association Map and Geography Roundtable (MAGERT)
MAGERT is the world's largest map library organization. It provides a forum for people interested or involved in any aspect of map or geography librarianship.
Association of American Geographers
AAG is a scientific and educational society, created to share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography.
National Geographic Society
Offers all sorts of map images for viewing and/or printing. There is also information about the society, their publications, television programs, and geography education ( and National Geography Bee).
National States Geographic Information Council
NSGIC is an organization with representatives from all US states that is particularly concerned with geographic data and systems.
North American Cartographic Information Society
An organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose interest lies in the map information community.
Washington Map Society (Washington, D.C)
The Washington Map Society is an informal organization of people interested in cartography, cartographic history, and collecting maps, both old and new. The Society offers field trips, lectures by prominent map experts, and a scholarly journal, The Portolan.
Western Association of Map Libraries
The Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) is an independent association of map librarians and other people with an interest in maps and map librarianship.
ASPRS: The Imaging & Geospatial Information Society
ASPRS, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, is a scientific association serving over 7,000 professional members around the world, to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences, including photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS.
Global Spatial Data Infrastructure
A global and open process for coordinating the organization, management, and use of spatial data and related activities.
Mapgiving is an organization whose mission is to advance geographic awareness through maps, for non-profit clients and the people they serve. Mapgiving helps to identify the cartographic needs of non-profit groups, and then coordinates with the cartographers that have pledged/donated their time and talent to create useful, beautiful maps.
Mapping Institute of Australia
This Australian organization's goals are toward the professional development of individuals and organizations involved in the many facets of the mapping sciences.
Society of Cartographers(UK)
This UK society's membership is widely drawn from the education sector, statutory institutions, local authorities, public utilities and the commercial and publishing industry, including many overseas members.
Online journal of the Map and Geography Roundtable (MAGERT), American Library Association .
"Directions magazine is an internet-centered publication delivering news, analysis, commentary and product information to people who need timely, insightful and accurate information about geo-demographic trends and the tools to analyze them."
A magazine that covers applications and trends in geographic information systems (GIS) and related spatial technologies.
Journal of Maps
"The Journal of Maps is a new inter-disciplinary online, electronic, journal that aims to provide a forum for researchers to publish their maps. Using full peer review and a reverse publishing method (where the author pays for the review process), all published maps will be freely distributed to anyone wishing to view them."
Journal of the Society of Cartographers
This bulletin contains articles of broad cartographic interest and is published annually in two parts by Cambridge University in the UK.
A periodical for antique map collectors.
Current Geographical Publications
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Current Literature on GIS and Libraries
McMaster University Library, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
MAPS-L Maps and Air Photo Systems Forum
An international discussion forum for Librarians dealing with cartographic information, cartographers, remote sensors, geographers, and cartomaniacs of all types.
A public forum for cartography and design.
A forum for issues related to map & spatial data librarianship.
A discussion group on the history of cartography.
University of Colorado at Boulder, University Libraries
- Government Information Library
Agriculture Department maps, Forest Service maps, CIA maps, Department of Interior maps, European Community maps, United Nations maps
- Research Desk
Large atlas and gazetteer collection, located on the second floor of Norlin Library.
Colorado School of Mines
Map Room, Arthur Lakes Library
1400 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401
Fax: (303) 273-3199
Carnegie Branch Library for Local History
1125 Pine Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library
and Colorado Mountain Club Collection
American Mountaineering Center
710 Tenth Street Suite 15
Golden, CO 80401
Largest alpine research facility outside Europe, with strengths in American and foreign guidebooks, Mount Everest, the Himalayas and the Alps. Holds route maps and topographic maps, including a large pre-WWII Alps collection.
Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library
(at the Colorado Railroad Museum)
17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403
Holds variety of maps, atlases and aerial photos (many historical). Of note are valuation maps from 1918-20, which show much detail along CO railroad lines, sometimes including rivers and town plats. The library sells reproductions of these valuation maps.
"Records of all History Colorado maps are included in the on-line library catalog. The collection consists of thousands of maps ranging in size from a few square inches to rolled railroad maps many yards long. Maps cover Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West from the time of Spanish exploration to the present."
1 South 24th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Center for Research Libraries
CRL is a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.
A great collection of historical maps, available through CU Boulder's interlibrary loan department .
Louisville Historical Museum
Historical photograph collection. Also holds a copy of a 1909 Drumm wall map of Louisville.