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A massive new map collection at UNC

UNC-Chapel Hill's North Carolina Collection is the home of a massive new collection of digitized maps.

The collection boasts nearly every original map of North Carolina printed from 1584 to 1923, as well as maps of every North Carolina county and every map published by the state until 2000. That's 3,200 maps in all, now in digital form.

The new collection, accessible here, is the result of a three-year collaboration between UNC-CH, the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo, and the N.C. State Archives, each of which contributed their own maps to the collection.

The scanning was done at UNC-CH and the state archives.

(The map you're looking at here is an 1890 map of Orange County.)

A few highlights from the collection include:

* A 1584 map of the Southeast from the Outer Banks History Center, the oldest in the collection.

* Sanborn Fire Insurance maps from the late 19th or early 20th centuries that document 116 towns in 67 counties. These maps show streets and even individual buildings.

* Coastal and Geodetic Survey maps from the 19th and 20th centuries, which gives you a sense of how the coastline has changed over time.

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