The State Archives of North Carolina has one of the best collections of maps of North Carolina in the nation. The collection consists of nearly 5,000 maps depicting North Carolina or some portion thereof. These maps have been brought together from various sources to create a reference collection consisting of manuscript and published maps, as well as photographic and facsimile copies of maps that have been made from originals located elsewhere in the United States and abroad. The maps in the Archives map collection are arranged chronologically within classifications and are now described and indexed in our online catalog MARS, the State Archives' online automated system. Scanned images of most of the maps in the collection of the State Archives have been posted online at North Carolina Maps, a comprehensive collection of historic maps of North Carolina.
North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive, online collection of historic maps of the Tar Heel State. Featuring maps from three of the state's largest map collections -- the State Archives of North Carolina, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Outer Banks History Center -- North Carolina Maps provides an unprecedented level of access to these materials. When complete, North Carolina Maps will contain over 1,500 maps, ranging in date from the late 1500s to the 1960s, and will include detailed maps for each of North Carolina's one hundred counties. North Carolina Maps is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant distributed through the State Library of North Carolina.
All maps in the Archives map collection have been scanned, and prints from the digital images are available for a fee.
Certain maps cannot be copied because of restrictions imposed by the donor or the condition of the Archives' copy.
In addition, most of the major state maps of North Carolina have been published in facsimile by the Division's Historical Publications Section as a set entitled North Carolina in Maps.
The State Archives of North Carolina continues to build it’s holdings of North Carolina maps and solicits original manuscript and printed maps showing all or parts of North Carolina that fill gaps in the collection.
Prospective donors are invited to contact:
Donna E. Kelly
State Archives of North Carolina
Special Collections Section
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4614
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