Maps, atlases, digital geospatial data and cartographic reference books are acquired to serve the general cartographic requirements of the University community. The collection provides teaching and research materials for graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Primary users are from the fields of architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, natural resources, history, and area studies.
ECS Language W Atlases 3+; Maps 3+; Reference Sources 3+
CCI Language W Atlases 3+; Maps 3+; Reference Sources 3+
G(Geography), Z(Bibliography); some DA-DU, E, F(History), GA(Mathematical Geography – projections, etc.)
Because of the varied informational needs that are to be met by the map collection, a wide variety of materials are acquired, including topographic and thematic sheet maps, digital geospatial data in standard GIS, raster or vector formats, city plans, base and outline maps, aerial photographs of local and international urban areas, navigation charts, regional, national and thematic atlases, bibliographies, directories, technical manuals, dictionaries, biographical works, gazetteers, globes, relief maps. Early works are acquired only in facsimile.
Although emphasis is on contemporary publications, material portraying all periods is collected.
Coverage is worldwide, although well-defined areas of interest are developed more intensively, as shown below.
G3180-3199 Universe, Planets, etc. 1
G3200-3202 World 3 G3210-3292 Western Hemisphere, Polar Region 3 G3300-3351 North America; Great Lakes; Atlantic and Pacific Coast 3 G3400-3354 Canada, Canadian Provinces 4 G3690-4384 U.S., States and Regions 4 G4390-5668 Latin America, Countries and Regions 4 G5670-5672 Eastern Hemisphere 3 G5700-5672 Western Europe, Countries and Regions 4 G6500-6524 Eastern Europe, Countries and Regions 3 G6540-6792 Southern Europe, Countries and Regions 4 G6800-6894 Balkan Countries 3 G6910-6964 Scandinavian Countries 3 G7000-7342 Former Soviet Union 3 G7400-7406 Asia, General 3 G7420-7624 Middle East, Countries and Regions 3 G7625-7784 South Asia, Countries 4 G7800-7964 Far East. China 3 G8000-8198 Southeast Asia 4 G8200-8202 Africa, General 3 G8220-8904 Africa, Countries 3 - 4 G8950-9084 Australia, Countries 3 G9800-9804 Antarctica 2 G9900-9980 Theoretical and Imaginary 1
Depository maps from the Army Map Service (retrospective international topographic coverage) , the U.S. Geological Survey (retrospective and current national coverage), NOAA and NIMA (current nautical charts covering national and international waters) comprise roughly 50% of the collection. Depository digital geospatial data on CD and DVD from the Bureau of the Census, the USGS and other producing agencies are collected. Three graphics and GIS workstations are equipped to access and manipulate online geospatial data. Much of the international material described above is government document material.
Digital satellite data (collected at SPIF, Space Sciences Building); historic and current NYS aerial photography coverages (paper - IRIS, Rice Hall; DOQs – NYS and other G.I.S. Clearinghouses); rare and manuscript materials (Rare & Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library); soil surveys (Mann Library), Icelandic maps (Icelandic Collection, Kroch Library), linguistic atlases (Olin stacks); Web accessible public domain New York State geospatial data and metadata (CUGIR, Mann Library); digital data with unreasonable restrictions, such as those which restrict use to only a part or parts of the Cornell Community, are not acquired.