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Maps, Atlases, Aerial Images, and Cartographic Resources

What Is Cartography?

The production and study of maps and charts. Cartography is a system of information which is used to communicate something of the real world to other people; the map is a model, to be decoded by the map reader; see Lloyd (1989) AAAG 79,1.

All maps are approximations; their clean lines and colours don't reflect the muddled nature of the reality they represent, and they can easily be used to support a point of view; ‘a whole arsenal of devices may be used for [persuasive cartography]…to influence opinion rather than to inform the reader’ ( N. Thrower 1996 ). So that the reader is not distracted by ‘noise’—anything which stands in the way of understanding—the map has to be encoded using easily understandable signs, symbols, lettering, and lines; see Board and Taylor ( 1977 ) TIBG 2, 1. F. Farinelli ( 1989 ) observed that reason ‘is nothing more than the protocol of…the cartographic image…the history of geography is the history of the confusion between the model and the reality’. See J. Pickles ( 2004 ) and C. Jacob ( 2006 ).

- Definition from: "Cartography" A Dictionary of Geography. Susan Mayhew. Oxford University Press 2009 Oxford Reference. Oxford University Press. UC - Los Angeles. 16 November 2010. Available online

Journals

Encyclopedias

Cartographic Collections by Region

  • World: General and thematic maps. Series include: International Map of the World (IMW) 1:1,000,000; Jet Navigation Charts (JNC) 1:2,000,000; Operational Navigation Charts (ONC) 1:1,000,000; Tactical Pilotage Charts (TPC) 1:500,000
  • North America: General and thematic maps
  • Canada: General and thematic maps of all of Canada and its provinces
  • United States: General and thematic maps of the entire country, its regions, individual states, counties, and urban areas
  • United States Geological Survey topographic maps for the entire United States at the scales of 1:250,000 and 1:100,000; for California at the scales of 1:24,000 and 1:62,500
  • United States National Ocean Service nautical and aeronautical charts
  • Los Angeles and Orange Counties: Aerial photographs at various scales from the mid-1960s forward
  • Los Angeles County: United States Geological Survey 6 minute series 1:24,000 (1924 – 1951)
  • Los Angeles City
    • Sanborn Insurance Maps (1906 - 1952)
    • Large scale 1:1,200 topographic maps with building footprints of the Santa Monica Mountains Area (1959), Sunland-Tujunga-Verdugo Mountains Area (1968), North East Los Angeles Area (1969), Sylmar-Granada Hills-Chatsworth Area (1970), Chatsworth Reservoir-Canoga Park-Knapp Ranch Area (1971), Baldwin Hills-Westchester-Playa del Rey Area (1972), San Pedro Area (1972), LA Freeway Downtown Loop Area East of San Pedro St. (1973), Central LA Area-Bunkerhill and Business District (1975), and Benedict Canyon Area (1961)
  • Mexico: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the entire country, its regions, individual states, and urban areas
  • Latin America, Central America, Caribbean, South America: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of regions, individual countries, and their respective administrative and urban areas
  • Europe: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the continent, regions, individual countries, and their respective administrative and urban areas
  • Asia: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the continent, regions, individual countries, and their respective administrative and urban areas
  • Australia; Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the entire country, its regions, individual states, and urban areas
  • Oceans: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of all the oceans, specific oceans, and their respective island groups
  • Antarctica: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the entire continent
  • Historical: Maps (pre-1946) that span the globe
  • World: General and thematic maps. Series include: International Map of the World (IMW) 1:1,000,000; Jet Navigation Charts (JNC) 1:2,000,000; Operational Navigation Charts (ONC) 1:1,000,000; Tactical Pilotage Charts (TPC) 1:500,000
  • North America: General and thematic maps
  • Canada: General and thematic maps of all of Canada and its provinces
  • United States: General and thematic maps of the entire country, its regions, individual states, counties, and urban areas
  • United States Geological Survey topographic maps for the entire United States at the scales of 1:250,000 and 1:100,000; for California at the scales of 1:24,000 and 1:62,500
  • United States National Ocean Service nautical and aeronautical charts
  • Los Angeles and Orange Counties: Aerial photographs at various scales from the mid-1960s forward
  • Los Angeles County: United States Geological Survey 6 minute series 1:24,000 (1924 – 1951)
  • Los Angeles City
    • Sanborn Insurance Maps (1906 - 1952)
    • Large scale 1:1,200 topographic maps with building footprints of the Santa Monica Mountains Area (1959), Sunland-Tujunga-Verdugo Mountains Area (1968), North East Los Angeles Area (1969), Sylmar-Granada Hills-Chatsworth Area (1970), Chatsworth Reservoir-Canoga Park-Knapp Ranch Area (1971), Baldwin Hills-Westchester-Playa del Rey Area (1972), San Pedro Area (1972), LA Freeway Downtown Loop Area East of San Pedro St. (1973), Central LA Area-Bunkerhill and Business District (1975), and Benedict Canyon Area (1961)
  • Mexico: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the entire country, its regions, individual states, and urban areas
  • Latin America, Central America, Caribbean, South America: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of regions, individual countries, and their respective administrative and urban areas
  • Europe: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the continent, regions, individual countries, and their respective administrative and urban areas
  • Asia: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the continent, regions, individual countries, and their respective administrative and urban areas
  • Australia; Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the entire country, its regions, individual states, and urban areas
  • Oceans: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of all the oceans, specific oceans, and their respective island groups
  • Antarctica: Selected topographic map series, thematic, and general maps of the entire continent
  • Historical: Maps (pre-1946) that span the globe