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UB Map Collection

The UB Map Collection has maps, charts, aerial and satellite photos, and online maps of Western New York, including Erie, Niagara, and other local counties. These maps are in a variety of scales and describe many different aspects of the city and the region.

Most of these maps are located either under a Library of Congress call number, or under the U.S. Government, Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) numbering system. All of these maps may be located using the Libraries' Catalog, and then retrieving the desired map from the map drawer (SEL Room 316 map shows general locations).

Search Tip: When searching the Libraries' Catalog you may find listings using the following search tip: Enter a subject search, beginning with erie county n y--maps. The following is an example:

s = erie county n y--maps

This will locate almost all Erie County maps. To locate topographic maps of Buffalo, enter the following:

s = buffalo n y--maps topographic

Among this collection are what are referred to as historical topographic maps. These are older topographic maps (1895-1950) of New York State that are kept in the Map Collection Reference Room. Searching the Libraries' Catalog is the same as for regular topographic maps. To see some examples of these maps, view the Historical Topographic Maps of Buffalo page.

You may also perform an advanced search using the "Maps" format to limit your search to only maps and atlases.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Silverman Library Reference Desk, by calling 645-2945 or via e-mail

Maps of Western New York (in Map Collection and online databases).

  • Buffalo New York maps. Sister page providing local maps.
  • Aerial Photograph Collection. Included in the UB collection are aerial photographs and satellite imagery coverage of Erie and Niagara counties for the years 1927, 1966, and 1978. In addition, the Map Collection contains a small collection of miscellaneous satellite imagery of United States cities. Contact the UGL/SEL Reference Desk for access. Also has additional links to other aerial collections of the region.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. The UB Map Collection has the 1991 edition of the city of Buffalo, on microfilm. The reels are in the Map Collection Reference Room and can be viewed in the Map Collection. Ask the map librarian or a reference librarian for assistance.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps. The Arts & Sciences Libraries also have a subscription to the digital edition (available to the UB community), providing electronic access to Sanborn fire insurance maps of cities and towns in New York State (1867-1970). The maps are valuable tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, and environmentalists.
  • New York State topo quadrangle maps: for online access to New York topo quads, see also the New York State Gazetteer & GeoData Collection. This UB Libaries page provides a gazetteer, along with the digital collection of downloadable USGS topographic maps, such as georeferenced Digital Raster Graphics (DRG's). These maps are suitable for both general use and GIS applications.
  • Soil survey of Erie County, New York / United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service ; in cooperation with the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station. [Washington, D.C.?] : The Service, 1986. These soil surveys are available in print in the following UB locations:
    • SCI/ENGR Book Collection: S591 .A22 N.Y. Erie
    • CAPEN LIBRARIES / Reference: S591 .A22 N.Y. Erie
    • LOCKWOOD LIBRARY / Documents Collection: US A 57.38: Er 4/
    • ARCHITECTURE PLANNING LIBRARY / Book Collection: S599.N7 S55 1986
    • ARCHITECTURE PLANNING LIBRARY / Reserve: S599.N7 S55 1986.
  • Water Resources of Western New York (USGS) .Individual documents by region; choose WNY links for data and maps.

Selection of Virtual Western New York Maps

Orienteering Maps

Topographic maps used for people who use compass or GPS equipment to practice ground navigation. The following examples were produced for the Buffalo Orienteering Club:

Other Sources of Data

Counties: General Resources

Official government websites, NYS GIS Clearinghouse data (orthoimagery, data sets for GIS, GIS specialists), and links to other Map sites and General data (basic history, demographics, links to further materials).



Erie (above)


Niagara (above)



Other Maps in WNY Counties

Great Lakes Related Resources

Local and Regional Links (including State)

Erie County Official Sources

Other Resources

Niagara County Official Sources

Other Resources

City, Town, Village, and Other Counties Governments


GIS Sites

Most of these sites are part of the Erie County consortial system, and use the Map Machine to provide mapping of their respective towns and show layers for: map/satellite imagery, soil, water, land use, parcels, zoning, other data. (See also: What is GIS?)

Erie and Niagara County GIS

  • Erie County Internet Mapping System (ECIMS). Designed to provide access to the most popular layers of digital maps in the Erie County's Geographic Information System (GIS). Through this interactive system, users can create and print their own maps, and locate information, on a variety of subjects. Property parcels, roads, parks, schools districts, and environmental data are examples of the types of maps included in the Internet Mapping System.
  • Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District GIS. Also provides a variety of data layers, including soil types, flood plains, land use, and land parcels (by lot).

Cities and Towns GIS

Thematic GIS

Niagara County GIS

GIS Sites Outside Erie and Niagara Counties

GIS Sites in Ontario

Ontario Canada

GIS Sites in Ontario



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