Rare Maps Collection

Rare Maps Collection



Balochistan Archives has a large holding of historical maps covering not only the Baluchistan Agency and British India but also the adjoining countries of Afghanistan, Central Asia, Persia, and the Persian Gulf Region. These maps range from the middle of 19th century to the post-independence period. These include maps of individual districts of colonial Balochistan such as Kalat, Sibi, and Zhob as well as provincial level and empire wide maps. In addition, town maps of important urban centers such as Quetta are included. Some of these are published maps of the Survey of India (colonial) whereas others are hand-drawn maps showing particular tribal divisions and territories.



Many of these maps are unique because they are original manuscript drawings and were used for demarcating important imperial boundaries such as the Durand Line and the Goldsmid Line. Some of these maps have been colored to show the limits of the territories to which a particular tribe or tribes have claims. Others show routes through important mountain passes such as the Bolan, Khojak, Hanna, and the Chappar passes. Descriptive lists of these maps are available