The Oklahoma Historical Society Map Archives contain a variety of maps created for many different purposes collected over the years from donations and purchases.
The Map Collection includes:
- street & highway maps at the Oklahoma state, county and city level
- maps issued by United States government agencies
- plat maps of counties and towns in Oklahoma
- maps featuring:
- Native populations
- telecommunication lines
- borderlines and boundaries
Orders & Fees
Reproductions of our most popular historic maps are available for sale in the library of the Research Center as well as the OHS Online Store. Maps that have already been scanned are available to view in the Online Catalog. The inventory of holdings can be found under the "Oklahoma Historical Society Map Collection."
Custom orders of maps not listed on our catalog will be priced based on map condition and size. Please allow 6-8 weeks for custom map orders. For details see the map orders & fees page.
The Map Archives accepts original maps, hand drawn, printed or published. Copies of maps from Oklahoma State Agencies or United States Federal Agencies are discouraged as they are available elsewhere.
Contact the Map Archives
- Oklahoma State University has been digitizing hundreds of maps and displays them online through their library's website. Many historic maps are available to view: luna.library.okstate.edu:8180/luna/servlet
- Oklahoma Geological Survey; Oklahoma Petroleum Information Center: www.ogs.ou.edu/level2-OPIC.php
- The Oklahoma State Archives at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries also collects maps from state agencies: www.odl.state.ok.us/oar/resources/maps.htm
Map Care tips from The Prime Meridian, Antique Maps & Book dealer. The opinions expressed on the Prime Meridian website do not reflect the practices or policy of the Oklahoma Historical Society and are offered here for reference purposes.
The OHS Map Collection contains a variety of cartographic materials. These are only a few examples.
Fire Insurance maps were originally created as a product to help fire insurance companies assess the potential risks involved in underwriting policies. A survey was taken every 2-3 years for each town and the maps you see here were created. Small communities may fit on one sheet where larger cities are mapped over many pages. The examples seen here were created by the Sanborn company that is still in the business of geospatial mapping today.
The maps from Government Reports include those submitted with Reports to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs as well as others. This example shows a map created from the information taken in the 11th United States Census of 1890 under the direction of T.J. Morgan, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
This map is a survey of the town of Sulphur and the surrounding areas, showing the proposed land for a public reservation, now known as the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, maintained by the National Park Service. This map was created for the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes in 1902.
Maps containing geographic and topographical information are also included. This map shows the soil variations throughout the state of Oklahoma. It was created by the Agronomy Department of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, in 1959.
Mapping natural resources has a long history in Oklahoma; the Oil & Gas Journal is a publication out of Houston, Texas devoted to the petroleum industry. This map was created as a supplement to the June 5, 1941 issue and features oil & gas fields across the United States.