Nevada in Maps Nevada History in Maps
About the Collections

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Digital Projects at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

About the collections

Nevada is the 7th largest state of the 50 United States; in 2003, Nevada was ranked 35th in population size. The print cartographic resources found in Nevada are primarily located in the University of Nevada Library collections at Reno and Las Vegas, the State Library and the Nevada State Historical Society. These institutions are separated by as much as 450 miles from patrons across the state. To ameliorate the situation this site offers an ever-expanding collection of maps on Nevada and the Great Basin.

The original focus of the digital map site was a collection of historic maps of Nevada presenting topographic, geologic, and mining themes which are not found in total in any of these institutions. Many of these maps are over 100 years old, deteriorating, rare, not cataloged and, therefore, not readily available or even known to all the potential patrons in Nevada. There are now over 4,000 maps and atlases on this site with many more to be added.

The second presentation to be offered was the Nevada History in Maps site, originally a collection of nearly 50 historic maps dating from 1750 into the 20th century. This set of maps depicts the western discovery and settlement of Nevada, as presented from the collections of the above mentioned institutions.

These first digital collections offer Nevada's history cartographically for students and researchers at all levels, for legal use, and for the general public for infinite applications.

This digital site has now been expanded to include contemporary maps of Nevada and the Great Basin, many of which are not cataloged or readily available to the general public. These maps may be of use to students and faculty in all levels in the schools of Nevada, the commercial researcher or anyone wishing to view or use cartographic depictions of this state.

The maps in these digital collections are offered in several images to accommodate varying levels of connectivity and without requiring technical skills to access. All maps are offered without copyright or other restrictions for personal use, but a statement noting the Mary B. Ansari Map Library, University of Nevada, Reno, as the digital origin would be appropriate and appreciated. Commercial use may have restrictions for certain collections as a whole or for individual maps; please contact the owner of the original.

Linda Newman,
Geoscience & Map Librarian Emerita

September 2006

Updated July 2013