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Map Series in the North Carolina Collection: Historic Maps

Historic Maps

Individual Historical Maps of North Carolina
The North Carolina Collection holds over 500 original historical maps from the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s. Included among these are the 1777 French edition of Henry Mouzon's map of North and South Carolina, U.S. Coast Survey maps, maps showing the location of natural resources such as gold and iron ore, and county and city maps.

Most of the maps can be found using the library's online catalog.

Stout Historical Research Maps of North Carolina Counties, 1978
Garland P. Stout researched old maps, deeds, and other county records and developed this map series. Each map shows historical sites, rural churches and cemeteries, rivers and creeks, schools, old towns and post offices, mountains, railroads, and old gristmill and mine sites with current roads in the county.  Township boundaries as well as the development and growth of the county are reflected. All 100 North Carolina counties are included, though some were more thoroughly researched than others.

The maps are arranged alphabetically by county name. An index and gazetteer accompanies each county map.

Historical Map Reproductions
In 1965, the N.C. Dept. of Archives and History created reproductions of 15 well-known maps of North Carolina produced between the late 1500s and the late 1800s. The 15 maps, along with their creators and dates, are listed below:

  • La Virgenia Pars, John White, 1585
  • Americae Pars, Nunc Virginia dicta... John White and Theodore DeBry, 1590
  • Virginiae Item et Floridae Americae Provinciarum, nova Descriptio, Gerhard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius, 1606
  • The Sovth Part of Virginia Now the North Part of Carolina, Nicholas Comberford 1657 
  • A New Discription of Carolina By Order of the Lords Proprietors, John Ogilby and James Moxon, 1672
  • A New and Correct Map of the Province of North Carolina, Edward Moseley, 1733
  • A Compleat Map of North-Carolina from an actual Survey, John Collet, 1770
  • An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina with their Indian Frontiers... Mouzon. 1775
  • This First Actual Survey of the State of North Carolina... Jonathan Price and John Strother, 1808
  • A New Map of the State of North Carolina, John MacRae and Robert H. B. Brazier, 1833
  • J.H. Colton's Topographical Map of North and South Carolina, J.H. Colton, 1861
  • Panorama of the Seat of War, John Bachmann, 1861
  • Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina: United States Coast Survey, 1865 
  • Map of North Carolina, W.C.Kerr and William Cain, 1882
  • Post Routes Map of The States of North Carolina and South Carolina...1896

An accompanying book by W.P. Cumming, North Carolina in Maps (1966), describes the maps and their history in detail. It can be found in the North Carolina Collection Reference stacks (Call number: NoCar Ref G1300.C8 1966).