Maps and atlases (1570-Present)


The Special Collections holds 2000 old maps, printed and in manuscript, and a small collection of atlases of the Netherlands and the former colonies Dutch Indonesia and Suriname. Especially the collection of maps of the Dutch polders is of interest.
The oldest maps are from the 16th and 17th century.

There is also a large collection of maps of the Dutch Topographical Survey from 1850 until now on the scales 1:25,000 and 1:50,000.

You can search the maps and atlases in the catalogue of the Special Collections.

The Wageningen Map Portal offers a selection of the complete collection of maps and aerial photographs, available through Wageningen UR Library. Both in printed and digital format. This is meant to give basic access to major themes. New items are being added on a regular basis.

Alterra map collection

This collection contains approximately 8000 maps related to the rural areas of the Netherlands. The maps cover a period of 55 years starting in 1945. They were prepared by former parts of Alterra, the Winand Staring Centre for Integrated Land, Soil and Water Research (SC-DLO), the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research (IBN-DLO) and part of the Research Institute for Agrobiology and Soil Fertility (AB-DLO).
The maps present data on soil science, geomorphology, groundwater, landscape, vegetation, archeology and cultural history.

Alterra Map Database

You can search the collection at the Alterra Map Database. In 2006 some 4000 maps were made available on line, as zoomable maps. We are currently digitizing the second half of the collection to make them online available too.
A clickable map showing the Netherlands was added to the left pane. You can use this map to search for maps on a certain region.

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