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Map Collection

Buffalo, New York in Maps, Charts, and Images

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In the UB Map Collection

The UB Libraries Map Collection has maps, charts, and aerial and satellite photos, and online maps of Buffalo and Western New York. These maps are in a variety of scales and describe many different aspects of the city and the region.

Maps of Buffalo are located either under a Library of Congress call number, or under the U.S. Government, Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) numbering system. All of these maps may be located using the Libraries' Catalog, and then retrieving the desired map from the map drawer (SEL Room 316 map shows general locations).

Search Tip: When searching the Libraries' Catalog you may find listings using the following search tip: Enter a subject search, beginning with buffalo n y--maps. Example:

s = buffalo n y--maps

This will locate almost all Buffalo maps. To locate topographic maps of Buffalo, enter:

s = buffalo n y--maps topographic

Among this collection are what are referred to as historical topographic maps. These are older topographic maps (1895-1950) that are kept in the Map Collection Reference Room. Searching the Libraries' Catalog is the same as for regular topographic maps. To see some examples of these maps, view the link below:

Historical Topographic Maps of Buffalo

If you need further assistance, please contact the Silverman Library Reference Desk, by calling 645-2945 or via e-mail

Selected Maps of Buffalo

UB Aerial Photograph Collection. The UB Map Collection has aerial photographs and satellite imagery coverage of Erie and Niagara counties for the years 1927, 1966, and 1978. In addition, the Map Collection contains a small collection of miscellaneous satellite imagery of United States cities. Contact the UGL/SEL Reference Desk for access. There are additional links to other aerial collections of the region.

UB Topographic Maps Collection. Printed and digital maps are available:

Geographical Information System (GIS) Maps of Buffalo

Buffalo Census Maps (US. Census Bureau)

  • 2000 Block Maps. Block maps for entire nation in PDF format.
  • 2000 Tract Maps. Tract maps for entire nation in PDF format.
  • Erie and Niagara Counties, New York : An Index to Census 2000 Block Maps compiled by Giann A. Palachuvattil, student, School of Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo. Lockwood Reference G3803.E6E25 2000 .P34
    An index to the 2000 Erie and Niagara County block maps. Organization is by tract numbers and by names of places and MCDs.

See also Census Geography and Maps. (Above links from this guide).

Maps Online

Aerial Photograhs, Satellite and Orthophotograpic Imagery

City of Buffalo Official Sources


Additional Sources on Buffalo