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Map & Atlas Collections: Sanborn Maps

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Sanborn Resources

Access to fire insurance maps:

  • Database: Digital Sanborn Maps for Illinois for  cities and towns in Illinois between 1867 and 1970.
  • Database: Sanborn Maps Geo Edition fire insurance maps of major cities. Geo-referenced sheets can be downloaded​.
    • State County
      California Los Angeles, Santa Clara
      District of Columbia District of Columbia
      Florida Dade
      Illinois Cook, DuPage, Lake
      Massachusetts Suffolk
      Maryland Baltimore
      Michigan Macomb, Wayne
      North Carolina Mecklenburg
      New Jersey Essex, Hudson
      New York Borough of Richmond, Bronx, Kings, Queens
      Pennsylvania Philadelphia
      Virginia Henrico
      Washington King
  • Microfilms: Fire Insurance Maps from Sanborn Map Company Archives
    Available in the Periodical & Newspaper Reading Room, including later editions which are not available from the database

Fire Insurance Maps for Chicago

In Chicago, there were other Fire Insurance Map companies.

Publisher  Year(s)  Source
Robinson  1886  Encyclopedia of Chicago (Entire) or Plates
Greeley-Carlson  1891  Second Atlas of The City of Chicago (NU Library)
Bromley  1891  Chicago Imagebase (UIC), Near West plate only.
Rascher  1890-1892  University of Illinois at Chicago Library


Other libraries which has historic fire insurance maps/atlases are:

Chicago History Museum (formerly known as: Chicago Historical Society)
Collection of many original fire insurance maps/atlases for Chicago and some suburbs. (1866-, paper & microfilm)

Illinois Regional Archived Depository (IRAD), Northeastern Illinois Univ.
A nearly complete set of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for northeastern Illinois, Cook County and the City of Chicago (1907-1972 in print.)

Center for Research Libraries
Holds microfilm of all Sanborn fire insurance maps of United States in the Library of Congress (1867- 1970, microfilms)

Chicago Public Library
Some of the Chicago Public Library branches hold original papger Sanborn fire insurance maps of local area. Also check your local libraries if you live outside of the City of Chicago. Some libraries have genealogical research collections including paper/digital Sanborn maps.