Established in 1964, the University of Melbourne’s Map Collection is divided into two parts: Rare and Historical Maps and General materials.
The Rare and Historical Maps Collection comprises approximately 8,000 individual sheets and 130 atlases including world maps dating from the 15th century, and some of the earliest cartographic works by explorers of Australasia and other regions, in particular materials relating to the development of Victoria and Melbourne.
Of particular importance is the Ronald and Pamela Walker Collection, donated over a period of 30 years. This collection includes significant early projections of the world along with rare maps, charts and plans exploring Asia Minor, the Middle East and Constantinople.
The General Maps Collection is one of the largest in Australia and encompasses more than 130,000 sheet maps and plans that span the globe and its major cities, along with a rich array of atlases, aerial photography, reference materials and digitised resources. It includes over 1,300 series of topographic printed map series at scales between 1:10 000 000 and 1:25 000 and more than 20,000 maps covering geological and geophysical themes.
The collections are accessible via the Baillieu Library Reading Room.