Online Guide to Historic Maps of Cleveland and the Western Reserve

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Did you every wonder if a map was available for a specific location in the Cleveland area and for a specific time period?

Well, there is a website for that: Cleveland Cartography at

The website was created and is maintained by Bill Barrow, head of special collections at Cleveland State University. You can read about Bill and the Special Collections at CSU at

The objective of the Cleveland Cartography website is to provide “Information about historical and contemporary maps and map-related happenings in and about Cleveland and the Western Reserve region of northeastern Ohio.”

One of the pages on the website provides some useful background on maps and Cleveland history: “Using Maps to Study Local History in Cleveland, Ohio.” Bill Barrow created this brief tutorial to instruct you on what is available and how to use it to learn about neighborhoods and related topics. You’ll find it here: Be sure to click through the links he provides to get the full value.


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