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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
Size:
28 x 21.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
87121
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
58242
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#:
58199
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55403
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
56071
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
48 x 23 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
84100
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
55379
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
58345
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1942
Size:
31.75 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
80836
Place/Date:
Washington, D. C. / 1943 January 21
Size:
44 x 23 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
68648
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1952
Size:
34.7 x 25 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
87120
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1891 (1915)
Size:
25 x 29 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
79277
Place/Date:
/ 1891
Size:
20 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
89562
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1921 (1925)
Size:
33.5 x 39 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
69625
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1912
Size:
35 x 26 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
72752
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1914 (1915)
Size:
31 x 23.75 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
79290
Place/Date:
Manila (but Washington, D.C.) / 1940 (1945)
Size:
35.5 x 31.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68859
Place/Date:
Washington / 1880
Size:
13 x 11.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57518
Place/Date:
Washington / 1947 (1948)
Size:
28 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
70976
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1915
Size:
26 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
79297
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1913
Size:
38.5 x 28 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
79278
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1941
Size:
43 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
51313

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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#:
56617
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#:
56634
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55852
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1944
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
55526
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
58044
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
Stock#:
55476
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55364
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#:
57852
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57979
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
43 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68581
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57879
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
43 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
55453
Place/Date:
Washington / 1944
Size:
47 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57906
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1941 (updates to 1945)
Size:
44 x 30 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
66439
Place/Date:
Washington / 1943
Size:
38.5 x 22 inches Including text
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
68612
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. ? / 1942
Size:
31.75 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
80835
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 / 1945
Size:
27 x 41 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
69172
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
27 x 42 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
69693
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1887
Size:
27 x 35.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
51033
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1899
Size:
14.5 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44110
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1872 (1905)
Size:
39 x 32.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
34527
Place/Date:
Washington / 1893
Size:
37 x 27 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
22100
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1914
Size:
38 x 28.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
79266
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945 (1946)
Size:
50.5 x 14.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
70978
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1902
Size:
49.5 x 27.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
53928
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1919 circa
Size:
42 x 33.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
49382
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1952 circa
Size:
33 x 39 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
56784
Place/Date:
Washington / 1945
Size:
47 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
70977
Place/Date:
Washington / 1924 circa
Size:
25.5 x 38 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
69339
Place/Date:
Washington D.C. / 1946
Size:
22 x 29 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
46942
Place/Date:
Washington / 1888
Size:
44 x 36 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23018
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1911
Size:
25 x 29 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
69607
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1866 (1908)
Size:
37.5 x 27.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
54453
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1882 circa
Size:
38.5 x 28 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
59744
Place/Date:
Washintgon / 1854 *1878 ca)
Size:
12.5 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57574
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1901
Size:
25 x 40.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
62348
Place/Date:
Washington / 1943
Size:
47.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
55415
Place/Date:
Washington / 1948
Size:
47.5 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
46941
Place/Date:
Washington / 1948
Size:
47 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
56455
Place/Date:
Washington / 1895
Size:
23.5 x 36 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
59763