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The United States Office of the Coast Survey began in 1807, when Thomas Jefferson founded the Survey of the Coast. However, the fledgling office was plagued by the War of 1812 and disagreements over whether it should be civilian or military controlled. The entity was re-founded in 1832 with Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler as its superintendent. Although a civilian agency, many military officers served the office; army officers tended to perform the topographic surveys, while naval officers conducted the hydrographic work.

The Survey’s history was greatly affected by larger events in American history. During the Civil War, while the agency was led by Alexander Dallas Bache (Benjamin Franklin’s grandson), the Survey provided the Union army with charts. Survey personnel accompanied blockading squadrons in the field, making new charts in the process.

After the Civil War, as the country was settled, the Coast Survey sent parties to make new maps, employing scientists and naturalists like John Muir and Louis Agassiz in the process. By 1926, the Survey expanded their purview further to include aeronautical charts. During the Great Depression, the Coast Survey employed over 10,000 people and in the Second World War the office oversaw the production of 100 million maps for the Allies. Since 1970, the Coastal and Geodetic Survey has formed part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and it is still producing navigational products and services today.

Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1890
Size:
27 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
42772
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1869
Size:
23.5 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
60905
Place/Date:
Washington / 1863
Size:
27 x 23 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
32280mb
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1863
Size:
25 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
36591mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1863
Size:
27 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
47080
Place/Date:
Washington DC / 1861 circa
Size:
22 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
57595
Place/Date:
Washington / 1859
Size:
15 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
45301
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1857
Size:
34.5 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35746mb
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1857
Size:
34.5 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35723mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1857
Size:
27 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44676
Place/Date:
Washington / 1852
Size:
13 x 11.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48552

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Place/Date:
Washington / 1909
Size:
72 x 60 inches (if joined)
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
32348mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1888
Size:
32 x 38.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23050
Place/Date:
Washington / 1883
Size:
40 x 36 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23112
Place/Date:
Washington / 1872
Size:
40 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13551
Place/Date:
Washington / 1868
Size:
41 x 31 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
19603
Place/Date:
Washington / 1868
Size:
41 x 31 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
45976
Place/Date:
Washington / 1867
Size:
17.5 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13535
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1867
Size:
19.6 x 29.1 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
54948
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1867
Size:
19.6 x 29.1 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
58243
Place/Date:
Washington / 1864
Size:
26.5 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
7952
Place/Date:
Washington / 1863
Size:
27 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
32281mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1863
Size:
27 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
32228mb
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1863
Size:
26.5 x 26.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
40804mb
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1863
Size:
19 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
40821mb
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1863
Size:
26.5 x 26.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
62289
Place/Date:
Washington / 1862
Size:
25 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35422mb
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1862
Size:
19 x 35 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
45548
Place/Date:
Washington / 1860
Size:
30 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13554
Place/Date:
Washington / 1860
Size:
32 x 27 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
32284mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1859
Size:
28 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG-
Stock#:
21974
Place/Date:
Washington / 1857
Size:
21 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13312
Place/Date:
Washington / 1857
Size:
21 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13313
Place/Date:
Washington / 1857
Size:
22 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG-
Stock#:
13541