Guide to the Historic Oregon Nautical Charts
1868-2009

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Title: Historic Oregon Nautical Charts
Dates: 1868-2009 ( inclusive )
1938-1999 ( bulk )
Quantity: 9 cubic feet, including 413 maps (25 map folders and 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: MAPS Nautical
Summary: The Historic Oregon Nautical Charts consist of superseded navigational maps for the Pacific Coast from California to Washington, navigable bays and rivers on the Oregon Coast, and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
Special Collections & Archives Research Center

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2075
Email: scarc@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu

Languages: Materials in English. 

Content Description

The Historic Oregon Nautical Charts consist of superseded navigational maps for the Pacific Coast from California to Washington, navigable rivers and bays on the Oregon Coast, and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The collection includes charts for Coos, Tillamook, and Yaquina Bays and the Coquille, Nehalem, Siuslaw, Umpqua, and Yaquina Rivers. The charts vary in scale from 1:10,000 to 1:1,000,000, with the maps of the Oregon coastal rivers and bays and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers providing the most detail.

In addition to depth soundings of the open ocean, the charts depict lights, buoys, and radio beacons along the coast; topography of lands near the coast or waterways; and jetties, rock formations, and reefs. The charts include some roads and other features along the coastline.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Historic Oregon Nautical Charts (MAPS Nautical), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Historic Oregon Nautical Charts are arranged in 3 series: I. Pacific Coast, 1888-2007; II. Approaches, Bays, and Rivers on the Oregon Coast, 1868-2005; and III. Columbia and Willamette Rivers, 1884-2009. Within each series, the charts are arranged numerically.

Custodial History :  

Most of the charts were received for the Oregon State University Libraries' maps collection as federal depository items. Superseded sheets for Oregon were transferred to the Libraries' Historic Maps Collection. Several of the early sheets were received by the Oregon State University Library in the 1960s-1970s.

Acquisition Information :  

All the charts were transferred from the Oregon State University Libraries Historic Maps Collection to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2013.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials :  

Nautical charts of the 1850s-1860s are available in the Reconnaissance of the Western Coast of the United States Nautical Charts (MAPS WestCoast). Detailed maps of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers are included in the Planimetric Maps of Oregon and Washington (MAPS Planimetric).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Pacific Coast, 1888-2007
135 sheets

Series I consists of nautical charts of the Pacific Coast from California to Washington. Most of the charts depict sections of the Oregon coast.

Container(s)
Description
map-folder
1 501: West Coast of North America, 1975-1997
4 sheets
1 530: San Diego to Aleutian Islands and Hawaiian Islands, 1984-1996
2 sheets
25 602: Pacific Coast from San Franciso Bay to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1888
2 5021: Monterey Bay to Coos Bay, 1948-1972
6 sheets
2 5022: Cape Blanco to Cape Flattery, 1961-1973
7 sheets
2 5052: San Francisco to Cape Flattery, 1961-1973
6 sheets
2 5702: Trinidad Head to Cape Blanco, 1940-1971
6 sheets
3 5802: Cape Blanco to Yaquina Head, 1940-1973
8 sheets
3 5896: Pyramid Point to Cape Sebastian, 1940-1974
7 sheets
25 5900: Point St. George to Umpqua River, 1891
3 5902: Yaquina Head to Columbia River, 1932-1973
8 sheets
3 5951: Cape Sebastian to Humbug Mountain, 1939-1973
6 sheets
4 5952: Port Orford to Cape Blanco, 1940-1974
7 sheets
4 6002: Columbia River to Destruction Island, 1940-1973
9 sheets
4 6100: Pacific Coast - Cape Lookout to Grays Harbor, 1899
5 9000: San Diego to Aleutian Islands and Hawaiian Archipelago, 1963-1973
4 sheets
6 18003: Cape Blanco to Cape Flattery, 1975-2003
10 sheets
6 18007: San Francisco to Cape Flattery, 1975-2001
6 sheets
6 18010: Monterey Bay to Coos Bay, 1974-2007
6 sheets
7 18500: Columbia River to Destruction Island, 1975-2004
8 sheets
7 18520: Yaquina Head to Columbia River, 1975-1997
6 sheets
8 18580: Cape Blanco to Yaquina Head, 1975-1991
6 sheets
8 18589: Port Orford to Cape Blanco, 1978-1999
4 sheets
8 18600: Trinidad Head to Cape Blanco, 1975-1996
3 sheets
8 18601: Cape Sebastian to Humbug Mountain, 1990
8 18602: Pyramid Point to Cape Sebastian, 1982-1990
2 sheets

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Series II:  Approaches, Bays, and Rivers on the Oregon Coast, 1868-2005
98 sheets

Series II consists of detailed charts of navigable rivers and bays on the Oregon Coast. These include approaches to the bays as well as estuaries. These charts are primarily at 1:10,000 and 1:20,000 scale. They include jetties, off shore rock features, and reefs as well as roads, streets, and other on-shore features.

Container(s)
Description
map-folder
26 Yaquina River Entrance, 1868
With inset map of entrance in May 1870.
9 5971: Coquille River Entrance, 1940-1973
7 sheets
10 5984: Coos Bay, 1940-1974
9 sheets
10 6004: Umpqua River, Pacific Ocean to Reedsport, 1948-1972
7 sheets
26 6023: Siuslaw River, 1938-1972
7 sheets
11 6055: Yaquina Bay and River, 1960-1973
6 sheets
11 6056: Approaches to Yaquina Bay, 1956-1972
6 sheets
12 6058: Yaquina River and Approaches, 1931
12 6112: Tillamook Bay, 1932-1973
8 sheets
12 6122: Nehalem River, 1939-1973
7 sheets
13 18556: Nehalem River, 1978-2004
2 sheets
13 18558: Tillamook Bay, 1975-2002
4 sheets
13 18561: Approaches to Yaquina Bay, 1974-1998
6 sheets
13 18581: Yaquina Bay and River, 1975-1991
5 sheets
26 18583: Siuslaw River, 1974-1985
2 sheets
14 18584: Umpqua River, 1974-2001
7 sheets
14 18587: Coos Bay, 1974-2005
13 sheets

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Series III:  Columbia and Willamette Rivers, 1884-2009
190 sheets

Series III consists of charts of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers as well as the Port of Portland. These charts are of moderate scale, ranging from 1:10,000 to 1:40,000. The 1880s and 1890s sheets of the Columbia River depict vegetation types along the river, islands, and braided channels. More recent maps of the Columbia River show dams, spillways, and fish ways.

Container(s)
Description
map-folder
15 640: Columbia River Sheet 1, 1890
15 641b: Columbia River Sheet 4, Grim's Island to Kalama, 1888
15 641c: Columbia River Sheet 5, Kalama to Fales Landing, 1888
15 641d: Columbia River Sheet 6, Fales Landing to Portland, 1888
26 681a: Approach to the Columbia River, 1884
15 6141: Columbia River Sheet 2, 1890
15 6142: Columbia River Sheet 3, 1911
15 6143: Columbia River Sheet 4, 1888
15 6144: Columbia River Sheet 5 - Kalama to Fales Landing, 1888
15 6145: Columbia River Sheet 6 - Fales Landing to Portland, 1904
15 6146: Columbia River Sheet 7 - Vancouver to Reed Island, 1904-1932
2 sheets
16 6151: Columbia River Entrance (Pacific Ocean) to Harrington Point, 1938-1974
11 sheets
16 6152: Columbia River, Harrington Point to Crims Island, 1940-1974
9 sheets
17 6153: Columbia River, Crims Island to Saint Helens, 1940
17 6153-6154: Columbia River, Crims island to Saint Helens; Columbia River, Saint Helens to Vancouver, 1957-1974
9 sheets
Sheet 6154 is on the verso of sheet 6153.
17 6154: Columbia River, St. Helens to Willamette River, Including Vancouver and Portland, 1940
17 6155: Port of Portland including Vancouver, 1940-1973
10 sheets
18 6156: Columbia River, Vancouver to Bonneville, 1948
18 6156-6157: Columbia River, Vancouver to Bonneville; Columbia River, Bonneville to the Dalles, 1953-1973
6 sheets
Sheet 6157 is on the verso of sheet 6156.
19 6158: Columbia River, Lake Celilo, 1961-1973
5 sheets
19 6159: Columbia River, John Day Dam to Blalock, 1961-1973
6 sheets
19 6160: Columbia River, Sundale to Heppner Junction, 1961-1972
4 sheets
19 6161: Columbia River, Thanksgiving Island to Coyote Island, 1961-1972
3 sheets
19 6162: Columbia River, Blalock Island to McNary Dam, 1961-1971
3 sheets
19 6163: Columbia River, McNary Dam to Juniper, 1960-1971
4 sheets
19 6164: Columbia River, Juniper to Pasco, 1960-1973
5 sheets
19 6166: Swan Island Basin, Willamette River, 1955-1972
5 sheets
20 6171-6172: Willamette River, Portland to Walnut Eddy; Willamette River, Walnut Eddy to Newberg, 1956-1971
4 sheets
Sheet 6172 is on the verso of sheet 6171.
20 6172: Willamette River, Walnut Eddy to Newberg, 1953
21 18521: Columbia River, Pacific Ocean to Harrington Point, 1975-2008
13 sheets
21 18523: Columbia River, Harrington Point to Crims Island, 1974-1998
10 sheets
22 18524: Columbia River, Crims Island to Saint Helens and Saint Helens to Vancouver, 1975-2000
10 sheets
22 18525: Columbia River, Saint Helens to Vancouver, 2000-2009
2 sheets
22 18526: Port of Portland including Vancouver, 1975-2009
12 sheets
22 18527: Swan Island Basin, Willamette River, 1974-2005
9 sheets
23 18528: Willamette River, Portland to Walnut Eddy and Walnut Eddy to Newberg, 1974-2002
6 sheets
23 18531: Columbia River, Vancouver to Bonneville and Bonneville to The Dalles, 1975-2005
7 sheets
23 18532: Columbia River, Bonneville to The Dalles, 2001
23 18533: Columbia River, Lake Celilo, 1975-1990
4 sheets
24 18535: Columbia River, John Day Dam to Blalock, 1975-1979
2 sheets
24 18536: Columbia River, Sundale to Heppner Junction, 1974-1982
4 sheets
24 18537: Columbia River, Alderdale to Blalock Islands, 1974-1982
4 sheets
24 18539: Columbia River, Blalock Islands to McNary Dam, 1979-1984
2 sheets
24 18541: Columbia River, McNary Dam to Juniper, 1979-1990
3 sheets
24 18542: Columbia River, Juniper to Pasco, 1978

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Subjects

  • Corporate Names :
  • Port of Portland (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Coasts--Pacific States--Maps.
  • Estuaries--Oregon--Maps.
  • Harbors--Oregon--Maps.
  • Rivers--Oregon--Maps.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Columbia River--Maps.
  • Coos Bay (Or. : Bay)--Maps.
  • Coquille River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Nehalem River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Pacific Coast (Or.)--Maps.
  • Pacific States--Maps.
  • Siuslaw River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Tillamook Bay (Or.)--Maps.
  • Umpqua River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Willamette River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Yaquina Bay (Or.)--Maps.
  • Yaquina River (Or.)--Maps.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Maps.
  • Nautical charts.
    • Other Creators :
    • U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

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