MN GIS/LIS NEWS
Fall 2011
ISSUE 66

MN GIS/LIS NEWS
The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Upcoming Conference
Mentor Program
Polaris Awards

State
GLO Field Note Update
WMS in the Field from DNR
Census Data from LCC
LiDAR Survey Results

Regional
Tribal GIS Contacts list

Local
Recreation Portals
Migrating from WebADF to Flex
Carver Co ESRI Award

Federal
Soil Data Viewer for Arc10
Historical Topos Online

Higher Education
Carleton Geosciences Grant

K-12 Education
K-12 Education Resources

 

Minnesota’s Historical Topo Maps Online
Adapted from USGS Press Release

Nearly 90,000 high-resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, including those covering Minnesota, are now available online.  The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, some dating as far back as 1884, and are offered as a georeferenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

Historical maps are an important national resource as they provide the long-term record and documentation of the natural, physical and cultural landscape.  The history documented by this collection and the analysis of distribution and spatial patterns is invaluable throughout the sciences and non-science disciplines.  Genealogists, historians, anthropologists, archeologists and others use this collection for research as well as for a framework on which a myriad of information can be presented in relation to the landscape.  For more than 130 years, the USGS topographic mapping program has accurately portrayed the complex geography of our nation through maps using the lithographic printing process.  The historical collection contains high resolution scanned images from the USGS legacy series and other sources.

Historical maps are available to the public at no cost in GeoPDF format or as a printed copy for $15 plus a $5 handling charge from the USGS Store.  The electronic maps are georeferenced and can be used in conjunction with the new USGS digital topographic map, the US Topo.

The entire historical collection is being loaded into the USGS Store at a rapid pace.  Check the website for status information, download instructions, a users guide and an FAQ.