Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection.
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of U.S. cities and towns for the fire insurance industry to assess fire risk.
Scope and Contents
Documenting the layout of 390 Missouri cities from 1883 to 1951, the 1283 maps in the collection are an invaluable research tool for urban historians, architectural historians, environmentalists, genealogists and preservationists.
The large scale (1:600) offers detailed information on the use made of commercial and industrial buildings, their size, shape and construction material. Some residential areas are also mapped. The maps show the location of water mains, fire alarms and fire hydrants. They are color-coded to identify the structure (adobe, frame, brick, stone, iron) of each building.
Microfiche copies of the maps are also available.
Commercially prepared microfilm of maps for 55 Missouri cities dating from 1941-1992 supplement the collection.
Table Of Contents
While most of the Sanborn maps have keys, the University of Virginia Libraries compiled a very useful guide to interpreting the symbols and colors used on the maps.