Maps in Books | Wisconsin Historical Society

Resource Description

About Our Maps in Books

Digitally Reproduced Maps of Wisconsin and American History

Maps in Books | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeHistoric map of Detroit.

La Riviere du Detroit, 1764.

Historic map from the American Journeys website. View the original source document.

The Society has digitally reproduced hundreds of maps from rare books, manuscripts, magazines and journals that cover all aspects of Wisconsin and American history.

Maps in Books is compiled from books and magazines including Wisconsin County Histories, Wisconsin Historical Collections, Wisconsin Magazine of History and the American Journeys website, a digital library and learning center of eyewitness accounts of early American exploration and settlement.

How Maps in Books Are Organized


Maps in Books can be browsed by clicking on a link below. Note: These maps generally do not display the same high level of detail as most of our online maps.


The original paper maps are widely scattered throughout books and journals in the Society's Library. Only a few of these maps are located in the Archives' maps and atlases holdings.

Checking Out Materials

Most maps and atlases not circulate and must be used at the Society's Library or Archives. Also, some may be sent to any of our 13 Area Research Centers around the state for viewing.

Purchasing Copies

Photocopies of documents in the physical collections are available for a fee. High quality map reproductions suitable for framing may be available for purchase from the Wisconsin Historical Society. For more information about purchasing a reproduction or licensing for commercial use, email the Library Archives staff.

How to Cite

Bibliographic data will appear below each online document. Copy and paste the bibliographic data into your preferred citation manager.

Rights and Permissions

Digital maps on the Wisconsin Historical Society website may be printed or downloaded at no cost for nonprofit educational use by teachers and students, or for private use by individual researchers. Nothing may be reproduced in any format for commercial purposes without prior permission from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Have Questions?

Contact our Library and Archives staff by email.