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Government Documents: Government Maps and Charts

NOAA's National Ocean Service produces nautical charts that contain information about the nature and form of the coast, the depths of the water and general character and configuration of the sea bottom, locations of dangers to navigation, the rise and fall of the tides, locations of navigation aids, and characteristics of the earth's magnetism. To learn more about nautical charts, follow the Office of Coast Survey link below.

The Historical Map and Chart Collection of the Office of Coast Survey contains over 20,000 maps and charts from the late 1700s to present day. The collection includes some of the nation's earliest nautical charts, hydrographic surveys, topographic surveys, geodetic surveys, city plans, and Civil War battle maps. The digital images of these charts and maps are available for free via the Image Catalog found through the website linked below.

These charts are produced by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (formerly National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), formerly DMA) and were formerly distributed by NOAA.

Tactical Pilotage Charts (TPC Charts)

The Tactical Pilotage Chart supports high-speed, low-altitude radar, and visual navigation of high-performance tactical and reconnaissance aircraft from low to medium altitudes. It is designed to assist close air operations by providing visual and radar navigation information. The knowledge of map symbology becomes important to understand cultural features depicted on the chart.

The library retains select editions of TPC charts (1980-2003). NOAA no longer produces and distributes these charts. Since October 2000, responsibility has been transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For current editions, please contact the FAA's Distribution Division. Historical versions of the Tactical Pilotage Chart series may also be available via University of Texas Libraries.

Jet Navigation Charts (JNC Charts)

JNC charts are in shelf files next to the TPC charts. The primary purpose of the Jet Navigation Chart is to support high-altitude computer assisted radar navigation/bombing by strategic aircraft. Information considerations are selected to support celestial, radar, and dead reckoning navigation.
Like TPC charts, the library retains select editions of JNC charts (1998-2002).