Map Library

Paper Maps

The Geography Departrment maintains a fairly extensive collection of conventional maps. The collection is mostly of northern California, but other national and international areas are also represented. The Map Library is located in Stevenson Hall, Room 3032. Hours vary, but generally we are open during Fall and Spring Semesters for most of the hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The map collection includes:

  • USGS Topographic Maps (Paper)
  • 1:24,000 (7 1/2-minute) for most of California and parts of nearby states
  • 1:62,500 (15-minute) for most of California and parts of other states
  • 1:100,000 (30' by 1 degree) for certain areas
  • 1:250,000 (1 by 2 degree) for most of California

Other Topographic Map Series (Paper)

  • Army Map Service (AMS/DMA) maps at 1:25,000 and 1:50,000

Thematic Maps (Paper)

  • Geologic maps
  • Land-use maps
  • National Geographic Society maps
  • Nautical charts

Wall (Roll-up)

  • Maps for many world regions and historical periods

Wall Maps

The Geography Department's Map Library has a wide variety of wall maps representing all world regions, and many themes from natural resources to population and economics. Only a portion of the maps (indicated with the highlight) are indexed through this list. For a complete index, please see the paper index available in the Map Library, Stevenson 3032. Wall maps are available for check-out to faculty, and may be loaned to students for short periods with appropriate ID (bring your Drivers License or State ID Card).

Major categories by geographical coverage:

  • 1-99 World Maps
  • 100-200 Hemispheres & Oceans
  • 200-399 North America
  • 400-499 Central & South America
  • 500-574 Europe
  • 575-599 Countries of the Former Soviet Union
  • 600-624 Asian Continent
  • 625-649 Middle East & Southwest Asia
  • 650-674 South & Southeast Asia
  • 675-699 East Asia
  • 700-799 Africa
  • 800-899 Pacific Regions
  • 900-924 Charts
  • 925-976 Flat Maps

Aerial Photographs

Aerial Photograph Collection SSU maintains a collection of aerial photographs of Sonoma County and selected other areas. The Map Library is located in Stevenson Hall, Room 3032. Hours vary, but generally we are open during Fall and Spring Semesters for most of the hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The air photo collection includes: Sonoma County coverages from 1942, 1952, and 1968. Miscellaneous coverages in California from US Forest Service Photos illustrating geological features in US & around the world

GEOGRAPHIC DATA COLLECTION

The collection at SSU's Map Library and GIC includes:

  • Digital Map Data
  • TIGER Files for Sonoma County imported to Arc/Info format and selected to extract:
  • Streets, including address ranges for street segments
  • Water and other miscellaneous features
  • Census blocks and tracts
  • Congressional districts
  • Cities, Census Designated Places, Minor Civil Divisions, Urbanized Areas
  • School Districts (Elementary, Secondary, Unified)

Other TIGER-based data:

  • California 1990 census tracts
  • "Raw" TIGER files for surrounding counties
  • Digital Line Graph (DLG) files -- equivalent of topographic maps -- at 1:100,000 for California, NV & UT (these & other areas also available on-line from US Geological Survey)
  • Digital Raster Graphic (DRG) files -- scanned 1:24,000 USGS Topographic Maps for all of Sonoma County and a few surrounding areas
  • Digital Elevation Model (DEM) files -- elevation data in gridded format -- all of Sonoma County at 1:24,000 (30-m pixels) and 1:250,000 (approx. 90-m pixels)
  • Base Map Files from ESRI in Arc/Info Format (including ArcWorld and ArcUSA CDs): World countries, rivers, cities US states, counties, zip codes, and other basic data
  • Digital Chart of the World in Arc/Info format -- one of the best sources of digital map data for areas outside the developed world
  • Street Atlas USA, by DeLorme Mapping Inc.
  • Sample Digital Orthophotoquads for Olmstead County, Minnesota