Sanborn Maps Database: Search Historical Layouts of Cities and Towns

Sanborn maps are a great way to study the historical layout of a town. Originally conceived as fire insurance maps, Sanborn Maps have proven to be of use to local historians, civic planners, real estate developers and sometimes small business people (just got a question that involved using Sanborn maps).

Sanborn maps cover the years 1867-1970 – and they do include small to middle sized towns, as well as large cities.

We have a Sanborn Maps Database or follow this link to see our holdings in microfilm