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Historical Map Collections

Historical Maps at RBSC

This guide has been developed to assist students and researchers in searching for resources relating to historical maps and atlases in the UBC Library collection.

Rare Books and Special Collections’ holdings of cartographic archives and historical maps are especially strong in pre-1800 world/hemispheres, pre-1900 North America and the Pacific Rim, the Canadian Arctic, fire insurance plans of B.C. towns and cities, and Tokugawa / Edo-period Japan. Our printed and archival holdings include historical maps (both printed and hand-drawn), charts, engineering and architectural drawings, atlases and globes, and plans and blueprints.

To search for maps published after 1900, please visit the UBC Library Map Library.

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Related UBC Library Research Guides

If you want to continue your research beyond our collections, the links below will help guide you in searching the UBC Catalogue and other important databases and journals.