Historical Maps

Map collections in Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives include Mecklenburg County maps from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries and some early USGS topographic maps of North Carolina dating to the 1890s.

Maps of the City of Charlotte and portions of the city range from 1917 to the present, including a map illustrating the ward system in the city -- the original 4 wards and later 11 wards.

A bound three-volume set of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for the City of Charlotte, 1929-1952, shows the footprints of houses and buildings and the street addresses for each. UNC Charlotte students and faculty have electronic access to the Sanborn maps for a number of North Carolina cities, but the paper maps are fun to explore.

An aerial photograph of the UNC Charlotte campus from 1959 shows a barn in a field with later aerials showing the gradual development of campus. Additional aerial photographs of UNC Charlotte and University City, 1959-2008, are available online through Atkins Digital Collections.

To access the map and aerial photograph collections, please contact Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives at spec-coll@uncc.edu or 704-687-1170. Or stop by the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library.