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Maps by State: Cartographic Resources for Kansas

This resource guide provides an overview of maps, atlases, and other cartographic resources for the state of Kansas which are available in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.


Kansas covers 82,282 square miles of land. Wichita, the largest city in the state is home to approximately 396,192 people as of 2022.

This guide introduces researchers to resources relating to Kansas in the Geography and Map Division. It is not exhaustive, but is meant to provide an overview and starting point for further research. In addition to highlighting specific materials from the collection, this guide will provide information on searching for maps of Kansas in the Geography and Map Division collections. For further information on these materials, please contact us via Ask a Librarian.

Overview of the Guide

This research guide is organized into sections describing maps, atlases, rare materials and special collections, digital collections, reference resources, and external resources. Selected materials in each category are highlighted. Wherever possible, entries include a link to the item's bibliographic record in the Library of Congress online catalog. For items which have been scanned, a link to the image in the online map collections is included as well.

Maps in each section of the guide are listed in call number order, representing how they are filed in the Geography and Map Division stacks. Each entry attempts to identify the item's title, place of publication, name(s) of its creator(s), publication date, scale, and filing location within the Geography and Map Division. Reference materials include gazetteers, historical dictionaries, publications on the historical geography of the region, etc. External websites and databases supply additional cartographic information.

Resources described in the guide relate to Kansas both pre- and post-statehood.

A map of Kansas that shows county names and boundaries, with an index of the towns, counties and railroads..
George F. Cram, cartographer. Cram's Superior Map of Kansas. 1907. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.