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[Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection].
Contributor Names
Sanborn (Firm)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Fire insurance--United States--Maps
-  Real property--United States--Maps
-  Fire insurance--Canada--Maps
-  Real property--Canada--Maps
-  Fire insurance--Mexico--Maps
-  Real property--Mexico--Maps
-  Fire insurance--Cuba--Maps
-  Real property--Cuba--Maps
-  United States
-  North America
-  Consists of the Sanborn fire insurance map holdings of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. These maps depict the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of approximately 12,000 cities and towns primarily in the United States but also include limited portions of Canada, Cuba, and Mexico. Sanborn maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property, therefore typically indicate, among other things, the materials of a building's construction, fire walls, locations of windows, sprinkler systems, types of roofs, property boundaries, building use, house and block numbers, street widths, water mains, hydrants, etc.
-  Some maps bound, some maps loose in portfolios, some maps in ringed binders.
-  Some maps include amendments that are pasted on, updating the information of the original sheet.
-  Checklist and description in: Fire insurance maps in the Library of Congress : plans of North American cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company, published by the Library of Congress, 1981 and available in the Geography & Map Division Reading Room.
-  Maps also available on microfilm.
ca. 675,000 map sheets : printed items, chiefly hand col. ; sheets 64 x 54 cm. or smaller + ca. 141 street indexes (30 cm. or smaller)
Call Number/Physical Location
G3701.G475 coll .S3
Digital Id
Library of Congress Control Number
LCCN Permalink
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Additional Metadata Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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Chicago citation style:

Sanborn. [Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection]. 1867. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed October 22, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Sanborn. (1867) [Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection]. [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Sanborn. [Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection]. 1867. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.