The Company was founded in 1977. Founders of the Company were Robin Harvey and Susan Harvey, who remain its Directors to this day. From the beginning, HARVEY specialised in making maps for outdoor recreation, principally walking, cycling, orienteering. Harvey maps have always been based on original mapping derived from new surveys from air photography.
In 1977 the company produced the map for the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon. This map was the beginning of what is now an extensive series.