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Featured Maps! Raised Relief Maps

Raised Relief Maps

Date: February 3-21, 2020

Maps are always a rich source of information about any region they depict. Some maps give a glimpse into the history of how people used to see the world, others can show how a city has developed over time, and some help the viewer to visualize how the topography of a region is shaped. When trying to envision the peaks and valleys of a specific area there is no better kind of map than a raised relief map. These maps are based on the same principal as a topographic map only the contours of the areas show are given physical depth by the plastic they are imprinted on. The purpose of the these maps are to be tactile, so when coming to view them feel free touch the peaks and valleys.


Come to the Map Collection and look for this sign:


World Regions

Maps show the topography of large land masses or the world as a whole. These maps can be useful in understanding the size of mountain ranges or the expanse of open plains on a global scale. With these maps it can be interesting to see how the Rocky Mountains compare to the Himalayas, or just how vast the great plains of the United States are.

Title: The World

by Kistler Graphics, inc. Jeppesen and Company (1968)

Call Number: G3201.C18 1968 .K5 Relief Drawer

Title: Europa

by Litografia artistica cartografica (1975)

Call Number: G5701.C18 1975 .L4 Relief Drawer

Title: North America

by Nova Rico (1980)

Call Number: G3301.C18 1980 .N6 Relief Drawer

Title: The United States of America

by Kistler Graphics, inc. Jeppesen and Company. (1968)

Call Number: G3701.C1 1968 .K5 Relief Drawer

Title: The United States of America

by Nystrom and Company. (1980)

Call Number: G3701.C18 1980 .N9 Hanging on Wall



Maps provide the change in topography of individual states. These maps allow for a closer look at the localized influence of individual mountains or the breadth of wide valleys. Observing these maps you can see the might of the lone standing Mount Rainier in Washington State or the deep gash in the Sierra Nevada that is Death Valley in California.

Title: California

by Kistler Graphics, inc. (1968)

Call Number: G4361.C1 1968 .K5

Title: Alaska

by Kistler Graphics, inc. (1958)

Call Number: G4371.C18 1958 .K5 Relief Drawer

Title: Washington

by Kistler Graphics, inc. Jeppesen and Company.; H.M. Gousha Company. (1969)

Call Number: G4281.C18 1969 .K5 Relief Drawer

Title: Oregon

by Kistler Graphics, inc. Jeppesen and Company. (1968)

Call Number: G4291.C18 1968 .K5 Relief Drawer

Title: Arizona

by Kistler Graphics, inc. (1984)

Call Number: G4331.C18 1984 .K4



Maps provide the closest look at the change in topography surrounding a city. These maps emphasize why roads may travel in a winding direction or why certain industry has sprung up in a specific location. When viewing these maps it can be observed how the Grapevine towers over the city of Los Angeles, or the incredible size of Mount Shasta.

Title: Western United States

by U.S. Army Map Service. (1970)

Call Number: G4050 s250 .U51

Sacramento, California sheet

San Francisco, California sheet

Fresno, California sheet

Santa Cruz, California sheet

Santa Rosa, California sheet

Weed, California sheet

Title: Los Angeles

by Kistler Graphics, Inc. (1983)

Call Number: G4364.L81C18 1983 .K4

Map Collection: Location and Hours

The Map Collection room is normally open to the public in the basement (Lower Level) of Shields Library, Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm. However, our hours change around the academic calendar and the holiday season. To see the most accurate schedule, please visit this link: click here.

Contact the Special Collections Department for map related questions by email at or by phone at 530-752-1621.

Post created by Dawn Collings and Ben Andrews.


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