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Map Archive of Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny 1919 - 1939

Non-commercial project with scans of maps and geographic materials published by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (WIG), 1919 - 1939.


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13th July 2017 - new 1:25,000 maps
From the collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, we have added approx. 800 sheets of the Polish 1:25,000 map by W.I.G. As the maps are of a "provisional" type, based on earlier Russian ones, they are not as detailed as the scale might suggest, and what they show is actually dated to the turn of 19th and 20th century (in some cases, they might be copies of German WW1 maps based on earlier Russian sources).
Batch No 2 of the provisional edition, covering southern Poland, will be made available in the autumn. In the meantime, we can expect at least one more update of other map types.
11th July 2017 - important SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (2)
1 All materials have been moved to a new server and are available via mapster. We still need to update the links on individual pages of mapywig.org which will take a few more days.
In the meantime, a few more 1:25,000 Polish maps by WIG have been added.
Next update can be expected in 1 - 3 days.
11th June 2017 - important SERVICE ANNOUCEMENT

Bad news, for a change: as of approx. Saturday, 17th June, ALL map files (with exception of German 1:25,000 Messtischblatt series) will become - temporarily - unavailable. Therefore, if anyone wants to download any maps, this coming week is best time to do so, as re-establishing full access to maps is going to take at least a few, and more likely several weeks.

As our hosting provider is not happy with our custom they want us to remove all files within 7 days (including site_backup). Naturally, we hold backup of all those files locally, on hard drives, so there is no danger that anything would be lost forever. Unfortunately, uploading approx. 50,000 maps (over 1 Tb of data) to a new server will take at least a few weeks.

Both sites involved in this project, i.e. mapywig.org and igrek.amzp.pl (mapster) will continue to run, as we have no plans to close them down, but to confirm, the maps and books will be - for some time - gone.

In the next several weeks we will transfer all map files to a public ftp server, i.e. one available without password, and we will provide information here as soon as it happens. In the longer run of 2 - 3 months, we will re-instate full functionality, that is search and downloading of maps and documents via mapywig.org and igrek.amzp.pl.

The work to make available other maps and materials scanned at the Library of Congress continues although, due to the current problem, it has to take 2nd priority. Therefore, new material can be expected to be available, realistically, no sooner than July - August.

8th June 2017 - an update
From the map collection of the Library of Congress dodaliśmy:
- approx. 530 sheets of the WIG 1:25,000 map of the new type (provisional, normal and tourist editions). This means that the collection holds around 95% of all new-style editions of this map published prior to the outbreak of WW2 (index sheet).
- approx. 140 of the German editions of the same map. They are re-printed variants of pre-WW2 Polish maps by WIG, new sheets based on unpublished Polish materials and those produced and updated from German air photography.

From our own collection:
- okaprox. 230 sheets of the Army Map Service 1:25,000 map of Poland (AMS M851 series), i.e. reprinted German Messtischblatt / Topographische Karte which, in turn, are often based on pre-WW2 Polish 1:25,000 maps.
24th May 2017 - service update
All German 1:25 000 (Messtischblatt / Topographische Karte) maps, as well as AMS variants from 1950s are back online. We still need to work for a couple of days to re-activate all GSGS and AMS sheets from the current area of Germany.
19th May 2017 - map update
EN Another batch of maps and plans courtesy of the Library of Congress:
  •  Several dozen town plans from:
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union in Europe
- Soviet Union in Asia
- Caucasus
- Baltic States
- Germany - includes an insteresting spring 1945 town plan of Berlin (4 sheets + central sheet)
  • German military-geographic town plans (Mil-Geo Plne) of a few Polish town plans, printed on the reverse of some Mil-Geo Grossblatt (1:100,000) sheets:
- Radom
- Lemberg
- Reichshof (Rzeszw)
- Kielce
- Opoczno and Tomaszw Mazowiecki
  •  Two town plans from the collection of Mr Hubisz:
- Lemberg (approx. II.1944) - printed on the reverse of the no-longer useful Osteuropa 1:300,000 sheet, X53 Starodub
- Stanisławw - scan of the same plan available from the collection of the Library of Congress, this one however in higher resolution (600 dpi) and undamaged.
  • over 30 sheets of a very appealing, Austro-Hungarian map called "Krakau - plan of the stronghold surroundings", (Festungs-umgebungs-plan von Krakau), scale 1:10,000, dated 1899 - 1904.
  • several sheets of a Deutsche Karte 1:50,000, mainly from the west of Poland, and a few sheets covering Germany. They are both sheets we already have had, but now scanned in the Library of Congress with much better scanner, or sheets which have been missing altogether.
  • In the German Uebersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa 1:300,000 series, we scanned three manuscript sheets - Leutschau, Warschau i Allenstein from a new, never produced variant, a "Baustoffskarte Polen" . Unfortunately, they're not originals, but post-WW2 copies, lacking in sharpness, interesting nevertheless from the historical point of view.
  • A book in Polish, dated 1939, "Szlachta zagrodowa we wschodnich powiatach Wołynia i Polesia" (Polish gentry in Volhynia & Polesie (Polesye) - text in Polish (pdf, 71 Mb!) - this is the first one of about 50 publications, mostly related to cartography, which we managed to scan courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Last but not least, information on still inactive Messtischblatt / Topographische Karte maps: the work is still in progress and we will update you as soon as the maps are available again.

Next update can be expected in around one week.
5/5/2017 - map update

Another set of maps from the Library of Congress collection: approx. 150 sheets of the German 1:100,000 maps (mainly of the Grossblatt type), 400dpi. There are 4 sub-sets:

1. Befestigungskarte Polen 1939 (Maps of the fortifications of Poland)

2. Befestigungskarte U.d.S.S.R. 1941 (Maps of the fortifications of the USSR). Additionally, under the list of maps linked above, there are 5 attachments, sheets with updated fortifications, which can be put overlayed against relevant maps. Please note that some of the attachments sheets are split and relate to two map sheets, e.g. Nr 30b and 45a. Also, as a part of the series, around 10 sheets from the Rumnien 1:100,000 are available via a separate index sheet. Unfortunately the maps of the Russland 1:100,000 type were too large to fit on the large-format scanner.

3. Befestigungskarte Mitte Dezember 1944. The sheets showing fortifications and, in general, the East Front as of mid-December 1944. The sheets run from the Baltic coast, across central Poland down to the Carpathians (Polish-Slovakian border).

4. Mil.-Geo.-Karte (Gebietsteil Generalgouvernement) - military-geographic edition, dated early - late 1944, covers central, south and south-eastern Poland. The reverse side of some sheets contains Mil-Geo town plans (Petrikau, Tomaszow, Radom, Kielce, Lublin, Reichshof and Lemberg).

Next update can be expected in around one week.

3rd May 2017 - map update
We would like to thank Mike Busher and his team from the Geography & Map Reading Room of the Library of Congress for their fantastic support and great amount of patience as they let us scan, over approx. 2.5 weeks, some 4,000 rare, and often unique maps.
Given that the map collection of the Library stands at around 5.5 mln sheets, and that - realistically - no more than perhaps two sessions of this type per year could be organized, to scan the other 5 496 000 maps should take us no more than another 687 years. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, the first batch, approx. 150 sheets of Polish 1:25,000 maps, early editions from 1920s. At the bottom of the map list, and below the relevant index sheet, you will find a 1928 brochure (pdf) with key to map symbols, the publication also scanned courtesy of the Library of Congress.
We will try to make new maps available as fast as possible, the next update should appear within 1 - 2 weeks.

Information on German 1:25,000 Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt), which have been unavailable for the last couple of weeks: nearly all the sheets have been already copied onto our server and they should be re-linked and accessible within the next 1 - 2 weeks, hopefully sooner.
16th March 2017 - map and literature update
New maps:
- approx. 100 sheets of the AMS M851 Poland 1:25,000 maps
- approx. 110 sheets of the AMS M772 (GSGS 4822) 1:50,000 maps of Czechoslovakia
- 11 sheets of the German copy of Czechoslovak 1:200,000 map from late 1930s and 4 sheets of the German Befestigungskarte Jugoslawien 1:200,000 from 1941 (temporarily sharing the same index sheet):
- all 44 sheets of the Austrian / German Volkstumskarte von Rumnien (1:200,000)
- 8 sheets of the Romanian 1:500,000 map (air edition) from 1930s:
This time all maps from our own collection.

We have also added a relatively large number of new map- and cartography-related literature to be found HERE
14th February 2017 - map update
A set of German WW2 maps - Russland 1:100 000, has received an update with some 180 new sheets which come from our own collection. The map series was produced in 1940 - 1942 and covers the area of of pre-WW2 Poland. The source material used by the Germans for this map series was rather... wide (from 1:50,000 maps right up to maps in 1:400,000 scale), so accuracy might be questionable. The full range of sources can be observed on this German index sheet.
Please note, some maps are very large, consequently some jpg files can be up to 90 Mb each!
25th January 2017 - map update
We have added approx. 180 sheets of an Amarican map of Poland and East Prussia, scale 1:50,000. (AMS M751 and M752), this time from our own collection. The sheets are dated 1953 - 1970, but they're based on Polish, Soviet and German maps printed by1945, with an occassional update, e.g. for railway lines. Current coverage, i.e. all available sheets, can be seen on this index sheet.
Other maps:
Two interesting maps of Poland:
A new item from the literature section: courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz we scanned a German publication dated late 1939: "Statistiches Gemeindeverzeichnis bisherigen polnischen Staates..." (pdf, approx. 170 MB!).
Its full title: "Statistical catalogue of ethnic communities in the former Polish state, as per the demarkation line between German-Soviet state interests established on 28th September 1939"
A fairly substantial publication, approx. 240 pages long (with three maps). The bulk contains detailed tables on ethnic groups living across Poland. The book was published by Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem, some information on their history can be found - in German - in wikipedia, and more details in two books:
M. Burleigh "Germany turns eastwards. A study of Ostforschung in the Third Reich",
and
I. Haar & M Fahlbusch "German Scholars and Ethnic Cleansing, 1919-1945"
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04/02/2017 23:15
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03/17/2017 11:34
@JMisiewicz I tried to send an e-mail, but got an auto-response: "The e-mail address you entered couldn't be found" If you want to get in touch, please use e-mail (see left)

03/16/2017 18:10
I think we need to drill into this... Please check for my e-mail in your inbox! Smile

03/09/2017 16:41
Hello Marek. I am referring to the Ossada settlements created by Marshal Pilsudski in the Kresy after the 1920 Polish-Soviet war. I am hoping that there exists a map showing the location of these Ossa

03/02/2017 17:27
"Ossadas" is a very generic name (settlements), likewise "Kresy" which stretch from current Lithuania down to Ukraine. Anything more specific?

02/25/2017 11:49
Dzień dobry Marek. Czy Archive mają żadnych mapy przedstawiając
e lokalizację Ossadas w staropolskim Kressy (sprzed wojny)? Dziękuję, Julian.

01/17/2015 05:29
Спасибо! (я ответил по электронн
ой почте). m.z.

01/16/2015 18:50
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01/16/2015 18:37
I want to locate the Cadastral maps of the Austria Hungary administration of the area south and east of Kracow. Any sources?

01/09/2015 21:08
Hi, I want to donate to mapywig 3 scanned WWII German maps from the Osteuropa 300K series (actually 3 Zusammenfassungen with 4 maps each). Is there a contact e-mail address?