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The United States Office of the Coast Survey began in 1807, when Thomas Jefferson founded the Survey of the Coast. However, the fledgling office was plagued by the War of 1812 and disagreements over whether it should be civilian or military controlled. The entity was re-founded in 1832 with Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler as its superintendent. Although a civilian agency, many military officers served the office; army officers tended to perform the topographic surveys, while naval officers conducted the hydrographic work.

The Survey’s history was greatly affected by larger events in American history. During the Civil War, while the agency was lead by Alexander Dallas Bache (Benjamin Franklin’s grandson), the Survey provided the Union army with charts. Survey personnel accompanied blockading squadrons in the field, making new charts in the process.

After the Civil War, as the country was settled, the Coast Survey sent parties to make new maps, employing scientists and naturalists like John Muir and Louis Agassiz in the process. By 1926, the Survey expanded their purview further to include aeronautical charts. During the Great Depression, the Coast Survey employed over 10,000 people and in the Second World War the office oversaw the production of 100 million maps for the Allies. Since 1970, the Coastal and Geodetic Survey has formed part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and it is still producing navigational products and services today.

Place/Date:
Washintgon / 1854 *1878 ca)
Size:
12.5 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57574
Place/Date:
Washington / 1880
Size:
13 x 11.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57518
Place/Date:
Washington / 1895 circa
Size:
37 x 26.5 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
41567
Place/Date:
Washington / 1895
Size:
23.5 x 36 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
59763
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1901
Size:
25 x 40.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
62348
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1932 (1948)
Size:
31 x 37 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55718
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1932
Size:
31 x 37 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
57608
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1937 (1950)
Size:
32 x 40 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
58530
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1941
Size:
43 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
51313
Place/Date:
Washington / 1943
Size:
47.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
55415
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55403
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
55526
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
56071
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
56655
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
58044
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
58242
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55364
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
56634
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
58345

Archived

Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1866 (1908)
Size:
37.5 x 27.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
54453
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1872 (1905)
Size:
39 x 32.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
34527
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1882 circa
Size:
38.5 x 28 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
59744
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1883
Size:
29 x 23 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
48680
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1884
Size:
41 x 32.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
32343mb
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1887
Size:
27 x 35.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
51033
Place/Date:
Washington / 1888
Size:
44 x 36 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23018
Place/Date:
Washington / 1893
Size:
37 x 27 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
22100
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1899
Size:
14.5 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44110
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1902
Size:
49.5 x 27.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
53928
Place/Date:
Washington / 1903
Size:
38.5 x 32.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
32087
Place/Date:
Washington / 1907
Size:
34 x 26.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
21206
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1919 circa
Size:
42 x 33.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
49382
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1939 (1942)
Size:
28 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
59577
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55852
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
56617
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
Stock#:
57793
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57979
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
58020
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55911
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57852
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57879
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1946
Size:
22 x 29 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
46942
Place/Date:
Washington / 1948
Size:
47.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
46941
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1952 circa
Size:
33 x 39 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56784
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1955
Size:
33 x 39 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56826