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Digital Sanborn Maps, National Edition

Alternate Title:
Sanborn Maps

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
1870's - 1960's
Frequency of Updates:
All states. Historical so will not be updated.

Indiana University has always been fortunate in its holdings in the  Herman B Wells Library(Government Information, Maps and Microform Services department) of the original Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Indiana (see  IUB does not own Sanborn maps in print for other states so access via the Digital Sanborn Maps database provides unique access to IU students, staff and faculty.

We have now acquired digital access to the maps for the fifty states. While they are in Black and White, instead of the original color, the Digital Sanborn Maps allow researchers to view and download the maps, integrate them in various GIS applications, and access them remotely.

Sanborn maps provide house by house or business by business details for cities and towns throughout Indiana. They show the development of water works, school and government buildings, and transportation systems.

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Number of Users:
Unlimited simultaneous users
Interlibrary Loan:
Not Permitted
Resource Advocate:
Malcomb, J.
SFX Source:
Federated Search:

IUB Library Subjects:
  • Government Information: State and Local Documents
  • Geography
  • American Studies
  • History
  • Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design
  • Art & Art History

Library of Congress Subjects:

Insurance, Fire--Indiana--Maps.
Cities and towns--Indiana--Maps.
Insurance, Fire--Maps