Historical Topographic Maps

In 2010-12 the USGS scanned its entire library of topographic quadrangle maps.  Nearly 180,000 maps have been published in GeoPDF and are available to the public free of charge. This set of GeoPDF files is referred to as the Historical Topographic Map...
USGS does plan to publish GeoTIFF versions of the Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC, http://nationalmap.gov/historical/). The design of a GeoTIFF product is currently being studied. Creation of these products may start in 2015. Although USGS...
The index of available quads is located on the USGS Availability of maps in GeoPDF format website. A set of the original historical topographic maps reside in the archives of the USGS Library in Reston, VA. This is the largest repository of this...
Yes, these are different maps. After the initial preparation and printing maps are either reprinted or revised before a new printing. The date used to identify a map is the larger date in the lower-right corner. If there are multiple editions with the...
Map sheets were initially published at three primary scales (1:62,500 scale; 1:125,000 scale; and 1:250,000 scale) with contour intervals of 10, 20, 50, 100, or 200 feet depending on the terrain. In terms of scale and latitude and longitude, these map...
Printed copies can be ordered at the store.usgs.gov or by calling 1-888-275-8747 (1-888-ASK-USGS) option 1. Maps are $15.00. Major credit cards are accepted and a $5 handling fee is applied to all orders.
The GeoPDF file format is free to download from the USGS Store (http://store.usgs.gov/) or from The National Map Viewer (http://nationalmap.gov/viewer.html). The average file size is about 12 MB per map.
At this time there is no compiled symbology used for the various scales during different eras. The latest symbology used for the 7.5 minute series can be found at the USGS Topographic map symbols website
Metadata, as described by the Federal Geographic Data Committee, is "the background information which describes the content, quality, condition, and other appropriate characteristics of the data. Paper maps contain metadata, primarily as part of the map...
Yes. FGDC-compliant metadata will accompany each map.