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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. / 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, D.C. / 1890
Size:
27 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
42772
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 / 1852
Size:
13 x 11.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48552
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 / 1857
Size:
27 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44676
Place/Date:
Washington, DC / 1863
Size:
25 x 24 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
36591mb

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Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1867
Size:
19.6 x 29.1 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
54948
Place/Date:
Washington / 1862
Size:
25 x 34 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35422mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1883
Size:
40 x 36 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23112
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1854
Size:
23 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
45296
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 / 1848
Size:
37.5 x 25 inches each
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
35886mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1857
Size:
41.5 x 27 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
22966
Place/Date:
Washington / 1853
Size:
25 x 18 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
6133
Place/Date:
Washington / 1853
Size:
25 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
34729
Place/Date:
Washington / 1888
Size:
32 x 38.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
23050
Place/Date:
Washington, D.C. / 1862
Size:
19 x 35 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
45548
Place/Date:
Washington / 1854
Size:
14 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
19608
Place/Date:
Washington / 1854
Size:
14 x 13 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
28414
Place/Date:
Washington / 1860
Size:
32 x 27 inches
Condition:
VG+
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32284mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1857
Size:
22 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG-
Stock#:
13541
Place/Date:
Washington / 1909
Size:
72 x 60 inches (if joined)
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
32348mb
Place/Date:
Washington / 1855
Size:
9.5 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13326
Place/Date:
Washington / 1856
Size:
10 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
11262
Place/Date:
Washington / 1855
Size:
10 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
11250
Place/Date:
Washington / 1856
Size:
10 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
11261
Place/Date:
Washington / 1856
Size:
10 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
11260
Place/Date:
Washington / 1856
Size:
10 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
13533