Small-scale, printable maps of the United States can be found on the U.S. Geological Survey's website, as part of the National Map initiative. These maps are taken from the 1997-2014 edition of the National Atlas and are available in PDF format. Visitors need Adobe Reader to view or print files.
As of 2015, national maps available on the U.S. Geological Survey's website include a general reference map of North America, a map with unlabeled coasts and boundaries, a map showing the states in bright colors, and a map showing the states and their labeled capitals. The site also has reference and outline maps available of each individual state.
The U.S Geological Survey is the largest national agency dealing with earth, water and biological sciences, as well as civilian mapping operations. The USGS provides scientific information designed for informed decision making by business leaders, planners and federal officials. The agency was founded on March 3, 1979 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. It currently employs thousands of workers and has offices in each of the 50 states. In some cases, the U.S. Geological Survey forms cooperative partnerships with other government agencies, as well as with industrial corporations. It also participates in international work.