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Archives of Manitoba map collection


Dates of Creation 




Dates of Accumulation 




Physical Description 


ca. 20,000 maps
ca. 10 atlases
1 reel of microfilm


Scope and Content 


The Archives of Manitoba inherited a collection of maps from the Legislative Library when the Archives was established and continued to acquire maps and plans from a variety of sources which were added to the collection. This collection of maps was brought together into an artificial map collection by the Archives and was catalogued using a modified version of the system found in "The Classification and Cataloguing of Maps and Atlases" by Samual Boggs and Dorothy Cornwell Lewis. For most maps in the collection the catalogue number (for example: H3 614.2 gmd 1919) was made up of 4 parts: an "H" number which indicates size of map (H3), a number which indicates geographic area (614.2), a series of letters which designate subject (gmd), and a date or probable date of the map (1909). Classifications can also start with a "W" for oversized maps, an "M" for microfilmed maps, or an "A" for atlases.

Not all maps acquired by the Archives of Manitoba are a part of this collection. Some are described as items or as part of larger fonds or collections. The Archives no longer adds maps to this collection.

Records in this collection include maps and plans published or created by the federal, provincial, and civic governments as well as published maps which have been annotated by another creator. It also includes commercially published maps and maps created or published by businesses, organizations and individuals. The collection includes hand-drawn maps, original maps, printed maps, photo reproductions of maps and maps and plans reproduced through other means such as blue prints and photocopies.

Collection also includes street atlases, city and subdivision plans for Winnipeg and maps and plans of other Manitoba municipalities. Records also include road maps, railway maps, resource maps, electoral maps,

Maps in this collection primarily depict Manitoba as well as the area of Manitoba prior to 1870 when it was still part of the Northwest Territories. Maps also depict western Canada including Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia and parts of northwestern Ontario adjacent to Manitoba. To a lesser extent maps in this collection also include the rest of Canada and in some cases parts of the United States and international locations.


Restrictions on Access 


There are no restrictions on access to these records.


Terms For Use and Reproduction 


Researchers are responsible for observing copyright legislation. Permission may be required for any form of publication or exhibition where records are not in the public domain.


Custodial History 


Records have been donated or transferred to the Archives of Manitoba by many different sources, many of which are unknown. Please see item level listings for further detail.




This is not a complete listing of all maps in the Archives of Manitoba map collection. Maps are still being added to the listings database regularly.




Records have been arranged primarily by size and geographic area depicted.


How to proceed

These records must be consulted in the Archives Research Room.

For some maps an appointment to view the records may be required. Please check individual listings for details.

These records are not available for microfilm loan.

View an online list of these records


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