Special Collections’ cartography holdings are housed in the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library, which was established in 1978.  Thousands of maps and atlases, dating from 1493 to the present, feature the work of noted cartographers such as Martin Waldseemüller, Abraham Ortelius, Jodocus Hondis, Vincenzo Coronelli, and Guillaume DeLisle.  The materials focus on five centuries of exploration and mapping of the New World, with particular emphasis on the region of the Gulf Coast and the Greater Southwest, which includes Northern Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.


Special Collections also acquires materials supporting the study of the history of cartography, as well as maps and books relating to U. S. exploration and settlement.  Of particular interest to researchers are the more than 1,000 maps depicting Texas in its various geographical and political configurations.


Cartographic Connections This collection provides access to historic maps of Texas, the Gulf Coast, and the Southwestern United States. The collection contains maps dating from the 1500s through the 1900s as well as resources for teachers and students.

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If you have questions about the holdings of the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library, please contact Ben Huseman at or (817) 272-0633.

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