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NOAA Historical Maps and Charts

coastal geospatial history mapping survey


Historical Charts are not for Navigation. The collection primarily consists of historic charts and maps produced by NOAA's Coast Survey and its predecessors, especially the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and the U.S. Lake Survey (previously under the Department of War). The collection also includes bathymetric maps, land sketches, Civil War battle maps, aeronautical charting from the 1930s to the 1950s, and other drawings and photographs.

Update Frequency

Periodic manual updates when historic charts are added to the collection.


Open Data. There are no restrictions on the use of this data.


Managed By

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For any questions regarding data delivery not associated with this platform or any general questions regarding the NOAA Big Data Program, email

For general questions or feedback about the data, please submit inquiries through the NOAA Office of Coast Survey (OCS) ASSIST Tool at

How to Cite

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Resources on AWS

  • Description
    NOAA Historic Chart Datasets
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls --no-sign-request s3://noaa-nos-historicalcharts-pds/
    Browse Bucket

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