Collecting Road Maps

This page provides links to (almost) everything that you might want to know about road maps, and how to start collecting them. See the members-only pages. to get a sneak peek at the benefits of becoming a Member of the RMCA.

RMCA and the Appalachian Mountains

The 2017 RMCA Annual Expo this year will be held in conjunction with the Dixie Gas Show in Sevierville TN next to the Appalachian Mountains and the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. A wonderful time to see thousands of maps, visit with other collectors and consider some vacation time. The dates this year are September 7, 8 and 9.

The Dixie Gas show draws about 4,000 people. We will have our own building on the grounds where many other dealers are in a large area outside. Also some attendees from the Shades of the Past Rod Run auto show in Pigeon Forge at Dollywood will come by the Dixie show. The show schedule is on the 8th and 9th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the 10th from 8 a.m. to closes at 2 p.m. Admission for non-dealers is $4 per person. Dixie Gas web site is http://dixiegas.homestead.com/Index.html

Public Pages

Public pages are visible to everyone, and provide an introduction to the map collecting hobby.

The Types of Maps People Collect. Links to an article from Legend #45 (the club’s newsletter) that looks at some of the types of maps collected: oil company issues, official state issues, auto club maps, those published in a single year, maps with scenic covers, maps for special events…

Links From Our Members. Some of our members have their own websites, either as map dealers/traders, or simply to showcase favorite maps from their collection. This page links to the best of them.
Useful Map Sites do not belong to members.

North American Major Oil Companies’ Map Master Lists. If you’re just starting to collect oil company maps, or if you have a map that you are looking to sell on eBay and are not sure if it’s rare, this page list the main oil companies, most of whose maps are quite commonly found.

Dating Rand McNally and Gousha Maps. Dating maps from the big cartographers is remarkably easy – once you know the codes! This page explains how they work, and should be checked by all vendors before trying to sell a map (please!)

Maps by the Decade Examples of road maps from the 1900s-1960s
Maps by the Decade Part 2 More road maps, from the 1970s-2000s

For travelers looking for current road maps, the following pages may be helpful:
State Transportation Department Map Links
State Tourism Department Map Links

Libraries with map collections

More about the RMCA


The Legend
Our newsletter – the Legend – is generally published four times a year and is sent to all members. Issues 1 to 71 of the club’s quarterly magazine, The Legend can be downloaded (as PDF files). As well as providing links to each of these issues, the Legend download page provides a summary of contents of all issues, which is useful if you are trying to find a specific article in one of the printed magazines.

Annual Meet
We also have an annual meet, generally in the summer or early fall, often in Indiana, Texas or Tennessee. (although our West Coast members occasionally get together in California).

Members Only Pages

Members only pages have moved HERE.