U.S. Geological Survey Library gives ACU library near complete set of Texas topographic maps

For immediate release

January 5, 1999

The U.S. Geological Survey Library in Austin has given Abilene Christian University's Brown Library a near complete set of Texas topographic maps and 20 steel map cases to house the collection, a gift with an estimated value of more than $123,000.

The majority of the maps are the well known 7.5 minute topographic series. Drawn at a scale of 1 inch-to-2,000 feet, these represent the most detailed level of maps produced by USGS and completely cover the state. Maps at this scale can show locations of important buildings, houses, highway lanes, caves, wells, fence lines, private roads and footbridges.

These topographic maps are popular among hikers, city planners and geographers. Earlier editions of many quadrangles are included in the collection so the user may see how the land has changed over time.

A small set of very old topographic maps, about 194 sheets, is also included in the collection. The oldest of these date back 114 years to 1884. The section representing Abilene was surveyed in 1890. Such maps are of great value for local history and are difficult to find elsewhere.

"There are so many maps in the 7.5 minute series for Texas that very few libraries have a complete set. The USGS gift combined with ACU's prior holdings gives us about 94 percent coverage of Texas, probably the largest collection among libraries in the region," said Carolin Brecheen, Brown Library's administrative coordinator. "We are blessed by the generosity of the USGS Library and are proud to receive and make available such a gift."

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