The State Library of Iowa has added another online database for its customers: the Digital Sanborn Maps. Sanborn fire-insurance maps are a very useful tool for local historians, demographers, city planners, genealogists, and anyone studying the history of an urban area. These fire-insurance maps were developed by the Sanborn Company in the latter part of the 19th Century for the purpose of showing fire hazards for each building in a town. The digital maps cover more than 360 Iowa towns from the 1870's through the1950's. Some types of information that can be found on these maps include: building construction details (building materials, number of stories, elevators and stairs, date of construction); building use details (building name, commercial or residential, type of business located on the premises); location details(current address, past addresses, alleyways and prominent natural features); and, land use details (parks, railroad tracks, underground pipes, street widths, land elevations).
Search the maps at http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/services/resources/sanborn-login,
or go to the State Library's Web site at http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ ,
click on "Log in to Online Resources" in the left side bar, and select "Sanborn Maps".
Use your State Library card number for access. If you don't have a State Register for a State Library card at http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/services/state-library-card/library-card-application-1. Anyone who lives in the State of Iowa is eligible.
For more information contact Barbara Corson at the State Library of Iowa, 800-248-4483, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.