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4th June 2015 - new maps for the "Atlas Geologiczny Galicji"
With help of the academics from the Uniwersytet ÅšlÄ…ski, Poland, we have received permission to complement the existing collection of Atlas Geologiczny Galicji, with extra sheets, which can be downloaded from the index sheet, or a list. All files are 600 dpi. Now, only nine sheets of this map type are required (plus two never published) to make the set complete. We will try to acquire them from other sources.
31st May - new Russian and Polish maps
Thanks to the hard work of our colleagues from the easteurotopo.org we have added new Russian and Soviet 1:84,000 maps, so-called "2-verst map", courtesy of the Library of Congress. 231 new sheets provides more thorough coverage of, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.
We do not expect to receive more sheets of this map type by end of summer 2015, but we should be able to add other Russian maps, of various scale.

Courtesy of the Earth Museum in Warsaw, Poland, we have added about 100 sheets from a map collection called Geological Atlas of Galicia (Atlas Geologiczny Galicji), which were produced between 1880s and early 1900. Index sheets presenting the stages of this long-term project can be found at the bottom of the map list. The maps are based on the Austrian 1:75,000 "Spezialkarte". There are approx. 30 sheets still missing, but over the next few weeks we should be able to add most of them from other sources.
4th May 2015 - new maps
1 Courtesy of the Earth Museum, Warsaw, we have been able to scan nearly 100 maps from various categories:

- Polish 1:25, 000 map dated 1919, from the period of Polish-Ukrainian fighting for Lwów / Lviv.
- several Soviet 1:50,000 maps from the border area between Poland and Czechoslovakia, dated 1944 and 1945,
- several Soviet 1:200,000 map sheets (double and quadruple) and a few in 1:500,000 from the same period, i.e. 1944/45,
- approx. 20 Messtischblatt maps (1:25,000 German map, so-called "Topographische Karte"),
- a few German 1:200,000 maps from the Danube delta dated 1944,
- several sheets of the German Overview map of Central Europe (Ãœbersichtkarte von Mitteleuropa) in 1:300,000 scale,
- a few Polish and German 1:25 000 maps from the area of south-central Poland,
- three sheets of the German „Sudetenland”, 1:75 000 series dated 1938,
- an interesting geological German map showing the area of Wadowice (near Krakow), scale 1:50,000

We have added more maps from other collections:
- 4 Grossblatt sheets courtesy Mr Peter Mackovčin from the Czech Republic,
- From Mr Hubisz – a GSGS 1944 variant of a Pharus plan of Wiesbaden
- 10 copies of WIG 1:100,000 from 1941/42 produced by the WIG in Edinburgh,
- Several sheets of the GSGS copies of the WIG 1:100,000 tactical maps GSGS 4177, Poland 1:100,000),
- i 20 sheets (complete set) of the American Army Map Service set of 1:1,500 000 series of the European Russia", dated 1943 and based on Soviet maps from 1938. Original index sheet for this series is incorporated in sheet No 17. You can also see a smaller (200 dpi) resolution scan of this index sheet at the bottom of the map list in Mapster.

Also several new items in the "literature" section, in Polish, English and German.
16th April 2015 - new German maps
We have received, from the collection of the Uniwersity of Illinois Library several sheets of a rare, German 1:50,000 map (Deutsche Karte), covering, in a crescent shape, some areas of western Poland. All sheets have been scanned at 400 dpi resolution. Please note, that while we have received a permission to use the scans for non-commercial purposes on the Internet, the university imposes certain restriction, i.e. licencing fees on some use of the materials, e.g. in publications. The list of these fees is available in the pdf document and can also be found in the each file's "datasheet" on Mapster.
26th March 2015 - new 1:25,000 (WIG) maps
Courtesy of Pracownia Zbiorów Kartograficznych i Reprografii Cyfrowej Wydziału Nauk o Ziemi of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun we have been able to add some 170 sheets of the WIG 1:25,000 maps. Most of the new sheets are Polish, pre-WW2 editions, several others are German, WW2 reprints and variants. There are also a few older, Polish editions from mid-1920s, based on earlier, pre-WW1 German 1:25,000 Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt) editions.
20th March 2015 - some maps will be unavailable (1 - 2 days)
For the next day or two, as we will be tidying up the collection of Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt maps (German 1:100,000 joint sheets), most of those maps will be unavailable. We will try to re-activate them by end of this weekend.

25th March upadate: all the Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt scans are now ready. We have updated publishers, publication dates and file names, to make them consistent. Also, a few sheets have been added.
22th February - mapster update
We would like to introduce, with some delay, new maps:
- from cartographic collections in New Zealand, 42 sheets of W.I.G. 1:100,000 tactical map, 600 dpi. They are black-and-white reproductions of original maps evacuated from Poland to the West in September 1939. Reproductions were issued in 1942 by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny based, by that time, in Edinburg.
This edition is nearly identical to the original, pre-WW2 edition, although different reproduction technology was used, and some older sheets, originally from 1920s, were given WIG grid lines. It is worth paying attention to the original publication dated at the centre of the bottom margin as, in some cases, reproductions are based on later editions than the maps available in our main index sheet.
- courtesy of biblioteki Wells Library Map Collections, Indiana University, some 750 sheets of a 1:50,000 Soviet map (600 dpi) have been added. The sheets partly coincide with the earlier scans obtained from the German University of Greifswald, but quite a large number of sheets complement the coverage.
- courtesy of The Library of Congress, with help from our partners at easteurotopo.org, we have received a new batch of 3-verst maps, of which a majority are Russian and Soviet originals, and the rest are German reproductions from WW1.
- several new town plans from the Library of Congress, mainly covering European part of Russia, including some post-WW2, town plans of Moscow, Leningrad, Odessa, possibly produced by the CIA, and one, interesting war-time, German plan of a Ukrainian city of Stalino, currently well-known under a different name of Donetsk.

9th February 2015 - new town plans
We have added some 160 town plans from the digital library of the University of Wroclaw. Unfortunately, as most digital libraries do not provide direct access to scanned material (jpg), instead embaring on a convoluted on-line viewing options (java, zoomify, etc), we are unable to determine the resolution of scanned images, consequently this information is not available in the file metadata, displaying, instead, resolution of 75 dpi or 96 dpi. We have been informed that they were scanned in a range of resolutions ranging from 300 to 600 dpi.
The easiest way to find out which plans are new, is to visit the lists, rather than index sheets of Mapster, as all new material is labelled accordingly (in green):
20th January - new W.I.G. maps
1 Courtesy of the Geography Department, Humboldt University of Berlin we have added maps by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny:
All maps are 600 dpi files.

6th January 2015 - Russian and Soviet maps update
Over 70 new Russian and Soviet maps have been added from the map collection of Geography Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. There are some 40 sheets of the one-verst map (1:42,000) and several sheets of the two-verst map (1:84,000), as well as several sheets of the Soviet 1:25,000 map. Please note that while the dating is accurate, it refers to the date of print, but the map can display information and situation several dozens years prior to that date! This refers, in particular, to the one-verst sheets covering the (then) Polish eastern borderlands (Kresy), which  are based on Tsarist survey data, Polish 1:100,000 maps by W.I.G. and intelligence reports, rather than, for obvious reasons, the latest field survey information.
30th December 2014 - rollover update
Courtesy of the Geography Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin we have been able to fill in some gaps in the map coverage:
- approx. 70 sheets of the German 1:300,000 map (Ãœbersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa) covering the area from France to Kazakhstan.
- several sheets of the German 1:800,000 map and Austro-Hungarian 1:750,000 map
- a few maps from a very rare German series "Deutsche Karte", in 1:50,000 scale: 3 small sheets from 1920s and 5 large-format sheets from 1938.

From the collection of the Library of Congress: a few sheets of a very rare Austro-Hungarian 1:25,000 maps covering extensive fortifications of Brest-Litowsk and surrounding area, and one sheet from a similar series covering the fortifications of Luck, Dubno and Rowno. As the set is currenctly incomplete, we will attempt to acquire the reminder from Austrian sources.

From the collection of a digital library of the University of Wroclaw, Poland some 450 shets of a German 1:25,000 map (Messtischblatt) covering Śląsk (see sheets on list beginning with No 3957 Rädnitz).

A few years ago, courtesy of the Library of the Brigham Young University, Utah, we were able to add several hundred post-WW2 American copies of German Messtischblatt sheets covering East Prussia and, generally, western Poland. We have finally made use of the other, substantial part of the collection. It consists of American, British and French editions of the 1:25,000 map from the territory of present-day Germany. All in all 2550 some 2550 sheets (400 dpi) and some 50 more sheets from our collection (600 dpi).

Other new maps:
- some 100 sheets of the Czechoslovak 1:200,000 map, dated 1919 - 1939
- over 50 German 1:100,000 maps (Karte des deutschen Reiches) dated 1920 - 1942
- an interesting map dated approx. 1941 - 1942, with a rather self-explanatory title: "Kreuzung der Autobahnen Breslau – Moskau und Danzig bei Litzmannstadt”

Further updates can be expected - next year.


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08/02/2023 00:50
Glad to see you back, Marek!

08/25/2022 15:09
Hey, Marek! Trying to access maps at your page "Other Central European Maps, via both Chrome and Opera browsers, I get the dialog box "File not found (404 error) If you think what you'r

01/22/2022 22:50
Hello: I do Polish Genealogy. I need a topo map of Poland with major cities which I’ve never been able to find on the WEB. It should show post partition Poland with an out line of pre-partition Pola

03/21/2020 14:55
What's up, Marek? What are you working on? Hope all is OK.

01/26/2019 14:42
Hi: Are there any other maps showing parishes such as: Andrzej Tomczak Siec parafialna Wojewoddztwa pomorskiego Okregu bytowskiego I leborskiego W drugiej polowie xvi wieku Skala 1:300. Thanks

12/04/2017 15:22
peut-on obtenir la carte détaillée de la frontière Est suite au traité de Brest-litovsk ? merci d'avance

09/10/2017 04:54
Can I get some guidance on the projection that WIG cartographers used on the 1 to 100,000 maps?

04/02/2017 23:15

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