Special Collections and University Archives holds thousands of maps that provide research opportunities for students, scholars and community users. Most of the maps document Kansas and the area that becomes Kansas. The earliest map dates from 1556 and includes place names from Spanish explorer Coronado's 1541 expedition in North America. Others show routes of railroads, roads and trails; boundaries and place names; topographic features; decorative borders and cartouches; illustrations and inset maps.
Over 500 maps from the collection currently are available in digital format. They include: