H88-0900. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (1867-1970). Microfilm, 1883-1967. 4 reels.


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Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire maps for over 100 years, repeatedly mapping towns and cities as they changed. Compiled to help insurers assess the value of property, identify risk factors, and underwrite losses. Maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size, and shape, construction materials, height, building use, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, house numbers, factory owners’ names, products manufactured, pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps, and heavy machinery likely to affect the property’s vulnerability to fire and flood. Collection includes: Holland (1883, 1889, 1893, 1896, 1902, 1908, 1916, 1925 and 1967) [Note: 1925 edition contains updates well into the 1950s and does not reflect a true 1925 edition]; Grand Haven, and Zeeland.


Please visit the Joint Archives of Holland page for more information.

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