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GIS: Geographic Information Systems: Physical & Digital Map Collection

Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.

Origins and Specializations


Northwestern University's cartographic collection was established circa 1947 as an official depository for the US Army Map Service. Most maps in the library are centralized and housed in Main Library (B190) as part of the Government and Geographic Information collection.


Northwestern's cartographic collection focuses on local and international maps including Illinois, the Great Lakes, Africa, and World War II ephemera. Types of maps include topographic and thematic.

Digitial Cartography

In collaboration with Repository & Digital Services at NUL, we are working towards digitizing our entire map collection. To access our current digitized maps visit our Map & Atlas Collection page.

Assistance and Consultations

Contact Us

Mech Frazier, GIS and Cartographic Specialist,

Contact us if you need access to our map collection, or assistance deciding what maps would be most helpful for your project. If possible, digitizing maps of interest can be made by request, but depends on the condition of map.

Greeley & Carlson Company's 2nd Atlas of the City of Chicago 1892