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Maps, Atlases, Aerial Images, and Cartographic Resources

The UCLA Library's Henry J. Bruman Map Collection

Use our ESRI's Story Map app to learn about the map collection. By combining images, photos, and text with interactive web maps we created a narrative guide about this unique cartographic collection.

Atlases

The Bruman Map Collection contains many atlases. Some cover the entire world while others are concerned with specific continents, regions, countries, various administrative areas, and urban areas. The atlases contain information on an array of topics including history, physical and cultural geography, politics, vegetation, soils, the military, forestry, and climate, to name a few. The earliest atlases in our collection date from the mid-nineteenth century, with the exception of a rare volume from the 1645 Blaeu Atlas.

Cartographic Collections Overview

The Henry J. Bruman Map Collection, administered by the Charles E. Young Research Library Collections, Research, and Instructional Services department (CRIS), consists of maps and atlases, aerial photographs, gazetteers, place name literature, and specialized books and journals about cartography and geographic information systems (GIS).

The map and atlas collections are primarily post-1945 in origin, but we also collect facsimile editions of older maps in an effort to trace the origins of cartography. Although we collect maps depicting geographic coverage from all over the globe, our collection is especially rich in materials relating to Los Angeles City and County, southern California, and the remainder of California.

We provide access to Geographic Information System (GIS) resources which allow UC students, faculty, and staff to use ArcGIS to produce customized maps according to their specific needs.

The Research Library map collections are housed in two locations: the Research Library A-level Reading Room and the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). The majority of maps located in SRLF are map series. These series represent geographic coverage of the entire globe and cover contemporary as well as historical time periods. They include all United States Geological Survey topographic maps at scales of 1:62,500 and 1:24,000 except for California; WWII-era Army Map Service maps; and series produced by national mapping agencies from numerous countries throughout the world. Graphic indexes for most of these series have been retained in the Research Library. These maps have been designated as non-circulating and must be paged back to the Research Library to be used. Maps housed in the SRLF are listed in the UCLA Library Catalog and must be used in the Research Library A-level Reading Room. Paged materials will be available for use by 5 p.m. on the next working day.

The UCLA Science and Engineering Library Geology-Geophysics Collection also has a map collection to support the faculty and students in Earth and Space Sciences.

Major Online Sources

Charts

The UCLA Map Collection contains contemporary Nautical and Aeronautical charts. The historical map collection also contains some portolan charts.