Sanborn Maps Workshop

  • Posted on: 22 January 2020
  • By: digitalscholar

Sanborn Maps Workshop • Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 11:30am-12:20pm

Sanborn maps provide detailed information (location, size, construction materials) about buildings in towns across the U.S. dating back to the late 1800s to the 1940s. This hands-on workshop provides guidance on navigating through a digital collection of Sanborn maps of more than 100 towns in Tennessee. To explore the library's subscription to Sanborn maps on your own, see the Historical GIS LibGuide and click on "Fire Insurance Maps Online" (FIMo).

Session topics:

  • What are Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps?
  • Research uses: growth of towns over time, history of industries, historic preservation / city planning, and  local / family history
  • How to access Sanborn maps (Tennessee and other states)
  • Finding specific buildings (churches, schools, buildings) and streets on the maps
  • Discovering details about specific buildings (e. g., color codes for frame, brick, stone, and iron buildings)


Prerequisites: None

Presenter:  Walker Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, Ken Middleton

Location: Walker Library, LIB 272 (Instruction Classroom)