Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sanborn fire insurance maps on line

If you don't have access to a university library, you won't find too many of these fanatically detailed and carefully coded building-by-building Sanborn city maps on line. There are a few exceptions that I know of (anyone able to add more to the pot?):

INDIANAPOLIS: the IUPUI collection has selected years starting in 1887.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: at the Kansas City Public Library's historical collection. They list some additional states with on line access to the public.

MISSOURI: 390 communities via the University of Missouri digital library!

LINCOLN AND MARATHON COUNTIES, WISCONSIN
: 54 pieces of maps near railroad lines, part of the Central Wisconsin Digitization Project.

Most of the time, most researchers who recognize the extreme value of these beauties will have to proceed the old-fashioned way and get themselves to a good library.

UPDATE: The Newberry Library blog has posted numerous online links for these maps!

3 comments:

Dorene from Ohio said...

Some Ohio Sanborn maps are available at this url:

http://www.oplin.lib.oh.us/databases/

I am pretty sure you need to be a holder of an Ohio library card in order to access these.

Harold said...

Some more info at the In Deeds blog

http://indeeds.blogspot.com/2009/05/some-online-sanborn-maps.html

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