University of Notre Dame


Hesburgh Libraries

Rare Books & Special Collections


The Department’s holdings of printed maps in sheet form include two areas of particular concentration: Ireland and the Great Lakes region of North America. The Ireland maps (the David J. Butler Collection of Maps of Ireland and the Thomas C. and Helen G. McGrath Collection of Seas Charts of Ireland) include some 90 items, 16th to 18th centuries; online inventories are currently available. The Edward and Sheila Scanlan Collection of Maps of the Great Lakes Region includes nearly 200 items, early 18th to early 20th centuries. These may be searched in the Hesburgh Libraries catalog, or browsed in an inventory in PDF format. Maps should be requested by item number (for example, MAN 1613-01-F1).

The Department also holds a small accumulation of uncataloged sheet maps, 18th to 20th centuries, mostly relating to North America or Europe. Patrons should contact the Department with their interests.

Atlases and other volumes containing maps are held in the Rare Book collections, and may be searched in the Hesburgh Libraries catalog.