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In 1999, the Indiana Collection of the Indiana State Library purchased a microfilm set of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Indiana cities and towns. These maps can be used to trace the development of Indiana municipalities from the 1880's to the middle of the 1950's. As many as ten different editions were produced for some Indiana towns.
Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of Indiana's cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
Features of the maps include: outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights and functions of structures, and location of windows and doors.
The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
The staff of the Indiana Collection are able to make photocopies of particular houses, streets, and intersections on these maps. Photocopy request by phone, email, and mail will be charged using the current ISL service fee schedule.
Indiana University has digitized many pre-1923 Sanborn maps in color. These are listed by city, year and sheet number.
The IUPUI Digital Library Team has digitized Sanborn and Baist maps, making them searchable by keyword, such as a specific company or site by name or address or search for all sites of a given type like "ammonia works", "gas works", "coal yards", etc.
IN MH 7-31-2014