Guide to the Historic Oregon Topographic Maps
1898-1993

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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Summary: The Historic Oregon Topographic Maps consist of superceded or obsolete topographic maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey.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

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The Historic Oregon Topographic Maps consist of superceded or obsolete topographic maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey.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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

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

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Historic Oregon Topographic Maps are arranged in six series: I. Willamette Valley and Vicinity Topographic Maps, 1908-1922; II. 1:62,500 (15 min) Quadrangles, 1906-1972; III. 1:24,000 (7.5 min) Quadrangles, 1949-1993; IV. 1:250,000 Maps, 1948-1976; V. Other Scales, 1898-1951; and VI. Indexes, 1972-1989.

Acquisition Information :  

These maps were transferred from the Oregon State University Libraries' Historic Maps Collection to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2012.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials :  

Current editions of Oregon topographic maps are part of the Oregon State University Libraries general map collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Willamette Valley and Vicinity Topographic Maps, 1908-1922
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
Box
11 Willamette Valley Topographic Maps, 1908-1916
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.
5 Central Willamette Valley Topographic Maps, 1911-1922
5 sheets
These maps includes sheets for Airlie (1922), Oakville (1913), Philomath (1913), Tangent (1911), and Wells (1913).

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Series II:  1:62,500 (15 min) Quadrangles, 1906-1972
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
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, 1956
1 sheet

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Series III:  1:24,000 (7.5 min) Quadrangles, 1949-1993
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
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), 1936
1 sheet

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Series IV:  1:250,000 Maps, 1948-1976
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
Box
13 NK 10-2: Roseburg, 1957-1966
2 sheets
13 NK 10-3: Crescent, 1955-1970
4 sheets
13 NK 10-4: Medford, 1956-1976
3 sheets
13 NK 10-6: Klamath Falls, 1955-1970
3 sheets
13 NK 10-8: Weed, 1957
13 NK 10-9: Alturas, 1954-1962
2 sheets
13 NK 11-1: Burns, 1955-1970
4 sheets
13 NK 11-2: Boise, 1955-1962
3 sheets
13 NK 11-4: Adel, 1955-1970
3 sheets
13 NK 11-5: Jordan Valley, 1955-1970
3 sheets
13 NK 11-7: Vya, 1954-1961
2 sheets
13 NK 11-8: McDermitt, 1955-1962
2 sheets
14 NL 10-5: Hoquiam, 1949-1974
5 sheets
14 NL 10-8: Vancouver, 1948-1974
5 sheets
14 NL 10-9: The Dalles, 1953-1971
4 sheets
14 NL 10-11: Salem, 1949-1977
5 sheets
14 NL 10-12: Bend, 1955-1971
4 sheets
14 NL 11-4: Walla Walla, 1953-1963
2 sheets
14 NL 11-7: Pendleton, 1954-1973
3 sheets
14 NL 11-8: Grangeville, 1956-1963
3 sheets
14 NL 11-10: Canyon City, 1956-1970
4 sheets
14 NL 11-11: Baker, 1963-1974
2 sheets
15 NK 10-1,4: Coos Bay, 1950-1973
3 sheets
15 NK 10-7,10: Eureka, 1948-1966
3 sheets
15 NK 11-1 and NK 11-4: Adel and Burns, 1955
Sheets published separately for Adel and Burns are taped together into one sheet.
15 NL 10-1,4: Copalis Beach, 1949

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

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Series VI:  Indexes, 1972-1989
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.

Container(s)

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Subjects

  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Maps.
  • Willamette River Valley (Or.)--Maps.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Aerial photographs.
  • Index maps.
  • Maps.
  • Topographic maps.

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