Collections & research
About the collection
Our collection consists of over 200,000 maps, atlases, globes, and related materials. But more than that, it is an archive of our world’s landscapes and environments as well as human cultures, myths, arts, and scientific developments.
We are dedicated to digitizing our collection and providing it online. While digital copies allow for wide access, we also believe that there is nothing that compares to seeing an historic map in person. We welcome visitors to the Center to spend time with an old map. Come research, learn, reflect, be challenged, see something beautiful, or engage with a document much older than yourself. For Stanford affiliates interested in viewing one of our maps, see our 2020 access policies.
Additionally, the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections at Stanford houses maps from the 1920s to the present.
Our holdings include: