Rand McNally

Rand McNally is an American publisher of maps, atlases, globes and navigation systems. The company has its headquarters in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, an office in Irvine, California, and a distribution center in Richmond, Kentucky.


The company was founded in 1856 by William Rand as a printer and later came together with his colleague Andrew McNally of Kartenverlag. The seat is located in Skokie since 1952.

Rand McNally commissioned in the 1960s, the cartographer Arthur H. Robinson in order to develop a suitable representation for world maps. Thus, the Robinson projection, which was used from 1988 to 1998 by the National Geographic Society was formed. The comprehensive map archive of the publishing house was handed over to the Newberry Library in Chicago.

The company was owned by the family until 1997 and was headed until 1993 by the descendants of Andrew McNally.