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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:
Washington, D.C. / 1952 April
Size:
35.9 x 32.25 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
97538
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1945
Size:
28 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
97680
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1945
Size:
28 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
97681
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1966
Size:
46.3 x 29.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
97771
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1944
Size:
46.8 x 20.2 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
98748
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1951
Size:
27.75 x 20.4 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
98761
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1952
Size:
27.8 x 20.4 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
98802
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1966 (1967)
Size:
33.7 x 46 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
98812
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1965
Size:
27 x 39 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
98813
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1957
Size:
41.75 x 33.4 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
100574
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1877
Size:
29.25 x 38.25 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
101364
Place/Date:
Washignton, D.C. / 1887
Size:
29.8 x 38.5 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
101365
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1882 circa
Size:
25 x 38.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
101360
Place/Date:
Manila (but Washington, D.C.) / 1940 (1945)
Size:
35.5 x 31.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68859

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Place/Date:
Washington, D. C. / 1963
Size:
35 x 33 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68026
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1866
Size:
16.3 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68112
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
27 x 41 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
68461
Place/Date:
Washington / 1942
Size:
27 x 42 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
68496
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68581
Place/Date:
Washington / 1943
Size:
38.5 x 22 inches Including text
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68612
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
27 x 41 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
69172
Place/Date:
Washington / 1924 circa
Size:
25.5 x 38 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
69339
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1911
Size:
25 x 29 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
69607
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
27 x 42 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
69693
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945 (1946)
Size:
50.5 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
70978
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
47 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
70977
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1914
Size:
38 x 28.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
79266
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. ? / 1942
Size:
31.75 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
80835
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1942
Size:
31.75 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
80836
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1949
Size:
34 x 40.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
81019
Place/Date:
Washington / 1943
Size:
27 x 42 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
81354
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1943
Size:
16.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
83234
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
48 x 23 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
84100
Place/Date:
Washington / 1943
Size:
47 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
84827
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1887
Size:
25.5 x 31 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
90691
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1885
Size:
38 x 25 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
90698
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1890
Size:
38 x 31 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
90720
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1944
Size:
74 x 31.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
95103
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1944
Size:
31.75 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
95409
Place/Date:
Washington, D. C. / 1944 June 29
Size:
44 x 23 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
95410
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1962
Size:
23.25 x 36.12 inches whole sheet
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
95760
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1945
Size:
28 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
97682