New Library Digital Collection: State Land Office Maps

Rare General Land Office Maps added to the Libraries’ Digital Archive

An image of a map including part of the shore of Lake Tahoe. The map features plat delineations and numerous handwritten annotations.

An image of a map including part of the shore of Lake Tahoe. The map features plat delineations and numerous handwritten annotations.

New Library Digital Collection: State Land Office Maps

Rare General Land Office Maps added to the Libraries’ Digital Archive

An image of a map including part of the shore of Lake Tahoe. The map features plat delineations and numerous handwritten annotations.

An image of a map including part of the shore of Lake Tahoe. The map features plat delineations and numerous handwritten annotations.

An image of a map including part of the shore of Lake Tahoe. The map features plat delineations and numerous handwritten annotations.

A portion of the Township No. 13 North, Range No. 47 East plat map, showing hand-colored salt flats and features of the desert landscape.
A portion of the Township No. 13 North, Range No. 47 East plat map, showing hand-colored salt flats and features of the desert landscape.

The University Libraries has recently added close to 3,000 plat maps from the State Land Office to the digital archive. These maps date from 1870 to 1988, with the bulk having been created before 1930. They feature the work of surveyors tasked with documenting land divisions in the state. The surveyors drafted and colored the maps by hand, making them unique artifacts that document the mapmaking craft, as well as the history of Nevada. As part of this project, the Libraries’ Metadata and Cataloging and Digital Services units enhanced the data used to describe the maps, allowing users to filter searches by township, range, surveyor, and notable locations.  

University students, faculty, and staff can access these records at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries' Digital Archive, in the State Land Office maps collection. Users interested in viewing other digital collections of unique materials, can browse them on the Libraries’ Digital Archive

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