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More than 5,500 maps are currently available online. Most of them show Wisconsin locations, but many Renaissance and colonial-era maps of North America are also included.
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This 1908 view of Madison emphasizes the two most important facets of the city--the University and state government. Although the Capitol building is shown as complete, it was not finished until 1917. The large round structure at the lower left is the Lakeside Assembly, where Madison Chautauqua meeting were held.
This 1836 map of Milwaukee, drawn by Increase Lapham, presents the city as far more developed than it actually was.
This basic reference map of the state shows natural features, railroads, county seats, and political boundaries against the G.L.O. township and range grid. It includes an inset map of the Milwaukee area.
This is the oldest map in the Parker collection. It is based on the geography of Ortelius, who is considered to be the creator of the first modern atlas and the first to propose a theory of continental drift.
This map was published in Hennepin's "A New Discovery of a Vast Country in America". The author is known to have exaggerated and sometimes lied about the extent of his travels in North America. However his maps, including this one, were used as templates for many years afterward. One notable flaw on this map is the placement of the Mississippi river delta far to the west of where it should be.
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