Sanborn Digital Maps

Provider: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI)
Description: Sanborn Maps is a digitzed map collection accessible through CARLI digital collections. This collection contains maps only from Illinois for the time period of 1867 - 1970, the Sanborn company created fire insurance maps for over 12,000 cities and towns across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More information about the history of Sanborn fire insurance maps can be found at the Library of Congress website "Introduction to the Sanborn Map Collection."
Date Coverage: 1867-1970
Subject Coverage: History
Type: Digital Image Collection
Full Text: N/A
Special Features: Textual information on construction details (for example, steel beams or reinforced walls) is often given on the plans while shading indicates different building materials. Extensive information on building use is given, ranging from symbols for generic terms such as stable, garage, and warehouse to names of owners of factories and details on what was manufactured in them. In the case of large factories or commercial buildings, even individual rooms and the uses to which they were put are recorded on the maps. Other features shown include pipelines, railroads, wells, dumps, and heavy machinery.
Access Restrictions: None; freely available online.
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