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Historic Oregon Topographic Maps, 1898-1993

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Title
Historic Oregon Topographic Maps
Dates
1898-1993 (inclusive)
1945-1975 (bulk)
Quantity
10.5 cubic feet, including 2099 maps, (10 oversize boxes and 6 map folders)
Collection Number
MAPS ORTopos
Summary
The Historic Oregon Topographic Maps consist of superceded or obsolete topographic maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey. The maps cover all of Oregon and are available in a variety of scales, from 1:24,000 to 1:250,000.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Languages
English

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Historic Oregon Topographic Maps consist of superceded or obsolete topographic maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey. The maps cover all of Oregon as well as small portions of the bordering states of California, Idaho, and Washington. The bulk of the collection consists of 1:24,000 (7.5 min) quadrangle maps that were issued predominantly in the 1950s through 1970s and 1:62,500 (15 min) quadrangle maps which date from 1906 to the early 1970s. The maps depict topography; vegetation cover; rivers and lakes; roads, railroads, and other transportation; political boundaries; and the boundaries of national forests and parks.

Of special note are topographic maps of the Willamette Valley and vicinity that were prepared in the 1900s-1910s; these depict the southern and central Willamette Valley from Springfield and Eugene to Albany. They are available online in the Oregon Maps Digital Collection.

The earliest maps in the collection are 1:125,000 (30 min) sheets published as early as 1898. The 1:125,000 maps include multiple editions for most sheets that depict changes and developments in Oregon locales from the 1900s through 1940s.

The U.S. Geological Survey provides online access to these maps through The National Map: Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Historic Oregon Topographic Maps (MAPS ORTopos), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Willamette Valley and Vicinity Topographic Maps, 1908-1922Return to Top

26 sheets

Series I consists of topographic maps prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in conjunction with the State of Oregon [State Engineers John H. Lewis (for 1908-1916 maps) and Percy A. Cupper (for 1922 map)] based on surveying done from about 1908 to 1914 at a scale of 1:31,680.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
11
Willamette Valley Topographic Maps
21 sheets
This set of topographic maps of the central Willamette Valley was published as 9 sheets. The maps extend from just south of Springfield and Eugene to the southern boundary of Albany. Two copies are available of all the sheets; the collection includes 3 copies of sheet 4 and 4 copies of sheet 7 (which includes the Corvallis area). These maps are housed in one map folder and some of the items are encapsulated. All of the maps are available online: Sheet 1; Sheet 2; Sheet 3; Sheet 4; Sheet 5; Sheet 6; Sheet 7; Sheet 8; and Sheet 9.
1908-1916
5
Central Willamette Valley Topographic Maps
5 sheets
These maps includes sheets for Airlie (1922), Oakville (1913), Philomath (1913), Tangent (1911), and Wells (1913).
1911-1922

Series II:  1:62,500 (15 min) Quadrangles, 1906-1972Return to Top

582 sheets

Series II consists of superceded 15 minute quadrangle maps at a scale of 1:62,500. Most were issued in the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the older sheets are encapsulated. The maps are arranged alphabetically by quadrangle name.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Abbott Butte - Delintment
2
Desolation Butte - Mace Mountain
3
Marys Peak - Rustler Peak
4
Saddle Mountain - Yaquina
12
Crater Lake National Park and Vicinity
1 sheet
1956

Series III:  1:24,000 (7.5 min) Quadrangles, 1949-1993Return to Top

1299 sheets

Series III comprises more than half the maps in this collection and consists of superceded 7.5 minute quadrangle maps at a scale of 1:24,000. This series includes some orthophotographs. Some of the maps are provisional editions; others are photo revised. Most of the maps were issued in the 1950s through 1970s. The maps are arranged alphabetically by quadrangle name.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
6
Abbott Butte - Coffin Mountain
7
Coglan Buttes - Fuzztail Butte
8
Gales Creek - Mazama
9
McCain Creek - Sand Hill Crossing
10
Sandy - York Butte
12
Squaw Butte Ranch (Harney County)
1 sheet
1936

Series IV:  1:250,000 Maps, 1948-1976Return to Top

77 sheets

Series IV consists of 1:250,000 scale maps that cover large areas of the state. Some of the maps have shaded relief; others show vegetation cover. In addition to topography, the maps depict roads, towns and cities, vegetation, political boundaries, lakes, and rivers. The maps are arranged by the map number.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
13
NK 10-2: Roseburg
2 sheets
1957-1966
13
NK 10-3: Crescent
4 sheets
1955-1970
13
NK 10-4: Medford
3 sheets
1956-1976
13
NK 10-6: Klamath Falls
3 sheets
1955-1970
13
NK 10-8: Weed
1957
13
NK 10-9: Alturas
2 sheets
1954-1962
13
NK 11-1: Burns
4 sheets
1955-1970
13
NK 11-2: Boise
3 sheets
1955-1962
13
NK 11-4: Adel
3 sheets
1955-1970
13
NK 11-5: Jordan Valley
3 sheets
1955-1970
13
NK 11-7: Vya
2 sheets
1954-1961
13
NK 11-8: McDermitt
2 sheets
1955-1962
14
NL 10-5: Hoquiam
5 sheets
1949-1974
14
NL 10-8: Vancouver
5 sheets
1948-1974
14
NL 10-9: The Dalles
4 sheets
1953-1971
14
NL 10-11: Salem
5 sheets
1949-1977
14
NL 10-12: Bend
4 sheets
1955-1971
14
NL 11-4: Walla Walla
2 sheets
1953-1963
14
NL 11-7: Pendleton
3 sheets
1954-1973
14
NL 11-8: Grangeville
3 sheets
1956-1963
14
NL 11-10: Canyon City
4 sheets
1956-1970
14
NL 11-11: Baker
2 sheets
1963-1974
15
NK 10-1,4: Coos Bay
3 sheets
1950-1973
15
NK 10-7,10: Eureka
3 sheets
1948-1966
15
NK 11-1 and NK 11-4: Adel and Burns
Sheets published separately for Adel and Burns are taped together into one sheet.
1955
15
NL 10-1,4: Copalis Beach
1949

Series V:  Other Scales, 1898-1951Return to Top

107 sheets

Series V consists primarily of 1:125,000 (30 min) maps; it also includes 1:48,000; 1:96,000; and 1:250,000 maps. The 1:250,000 maps significantly predate the 1:250,000 maps in Series IV. Many of the sheets in this series have been encapsulated. The maps are arranged by scale and thereunder alphabetically by quadrangle name.

Container(s) Description Dates
1:48,000
1919-1925
Box
6
Earl Advance Sheet
1919
6
McMinnville Advance Sheet
1924
6
Picture Gorge Advance Sheet
1925
Box
6
1:96,000 - Twickenham Advance Sheet
1924
1:250,000 Maps
1910-1921
Box
5
Ashland
2 sheets
1893 edition reprinted in 1910 and 1917.
1910-1917
5
Klamath
2 sheets
1894 edition reprinted in 1910 and 1921.
1910-1921
1:125,000 Maps (30 min)
99 sheets
1898-1951
Box
5
Arlington, Ore.-Wash.
3 sheets
1916-1948
5
Baker and Baker City
4 sheets
1901-1948
5
Bend
3 sheets
1929-1948
5
Birch Creek
1919
5
Chemult
2 sheets
1935-1941
5
Condon
2 sheets
1916-1948
5
Coos Bay
4 sheets
1898-1937
5
Dayville
2 sheets
1932-1936
5
Diamond Lake
3 sheets
1917-1948
5
Dufur
3 sheets
1930-1945
5
Estacada
2 sheets
1916-1938
5
Goldendale
1919
5
Grants Pass
3 sheets
1908-1946
5
Hood River
3 sheets
1929-1950
5
Ironside Mountain
2 sheets
1908-1947
5
Kerby
2 sheets
1918-1937
5
Lowell
2 sheets
1942-1948
5
Madras
3 sheets
1928-1947
5
Mount Hood
6 sheets
Some sheets have title Mount Hood and Vicinity.
1911-1944
5
Mt. Jefferson
5 sheets
1927-1948
5
Nampa
2 sheets
1916-1948
5
Newberry Crater
3 sheets
1931-1948
5
Pendleton
2 sheets
1935-1948
5
Pine
2 sheets
1915-1941
5
Port Orford
4 sheets
1903-1934
5
Preston Peak
3 sheets
1922-1951
5
Riddle or Riddles
4 sheets
1904-1948
5
Roseburg
4 sheets
1900-1942
5
Sumpter
2 sheets
1901-1939
5
Telocaset
3 sheets
1906-1948
5
The Dalles
2 sheets
1934-1950
5
Three Sisters
4 sheets
1929-1948
5
Umatilla
3 sheets
1908-1948
5
Waldo Lake
2 sheets
1925-1950
5
Weiser
3 sheets
1908-1948

Series VI:  Indexes, 1972-1989Return to Top

Container(s): Box 16

8 sheets

Series VI consists of indexes to published topographic maps of Oregon, primarily 1:24,000 (7.5 min) and 1:62,500 (15 min) quadrangles. Many of the indexes are annotated with updates or additional information. The indexes are housed in one map-folder.