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State, County & City Atlases

A popular collection in the NYPL's Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, and one of my personal favorites, is the county atlas series, most of which was published following the passage of a federal law commemorating the centennial of the United States. We have recently digitized 43 atlases covering New York and New Jersey from our collection of more than 420 titles printed before 1900. See this page for a list of digital holdings from this series.

Their pages are filled not only with wonderfully detailed maps on the national, state, county, township and city level, but also with interesting, flat perspective engravings depicting local business districts, prominent estates and farms. Business directories sometimes accompany the map pages that, along with the drawings, provide a glimpse into local social and economic geography of the 19th century. They also give us an idea of who provided funding for the production of these subscription based publications.

New Jersey County Atlases

Hyde, E.B. & Co., Atlas of Passaic County, New-Jersey, 1877


New York State Atlases

Burr, David H., An atlas of the state of New York, 1829
Burr, David H., An atlas of the state of New York, 1839, c1829
Burr, David H., Atlas of New York, 1838
Burr, David H., An atlas of the state of New York, 1841


New York County Atlases

Beers, S.N. & D.G., New topographical atlas of the counties of Albany and Schenectady, New York, 1866
D. G. Beers & Co., Atlas of Columbia County, New York, 1873
D. G. Beers & Co., Atlas of Franklin County, New York, 1876
Beers, F. W., Atlas of Otsego Co., New York, 1868
Beers, D. G. amp&; Co., Atlas of Steuben County, New York, 1873
Hopkins, G. M. & Co., Atlas of the city of Utica, New York, 1883
Beers, D. G. & Co., Atlas of Wayne County, New York, 1874


New York State City Atlases

Hopkins, G.M., City atlas of Albany, New York, 1876
Hopkins, G.M., City atlas of Auburn, New York, 1882
M.S. Converse & Co., City atlas of Elmira, New York, 1876
Pidgeon, Roger H., Atlas of the City of Elmira, New York, 1896
Hopkins, G.M., City atlas of Oswego, New York, 1880
Beers, F.W. and Cramer, Louis H., Combination atlas of Saratoga and Ballston, 1876
Hopkins, G.M., City atlas of Troy, New York, 1881