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Mapping the Bay

Introduction to Mapping the Bay: Exhibit & Student Mapmaking Contest

The maps in this online exhibit include highlights from the Earth Science & Map Library's Historic Maps of the Bay Area Collection, supplemented with additional historic and modern maps. They are organized loosely by region (Bay Area as a whole, East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula, San Francisco and South Bay) and by theme. You will also see several different types of maps—nautical, topographic, geologic, road maps, census maps and more.

The exhibit is complemented by our Mapmaking Contest where Bay Area students are invited to map the bay using their own creativity, imagination and sense of what makes this region home. At the end of the contest their maps become part of the exhibit. We hope these maps, both new and old, inspire you to see the Bay Area in a new light.

Exhibit curated by Bonita Dyess, Heiko Muhr, Erica Newcome, Susan Powell, and Sam Teplitzky, staff members at the Earth Sciences & Map Library.