UT Libraries Scan Sanborn Fire Maps for Texas and Mexico
Posted: February 9, 2011
UT Libraries announce the completion of a 3.5-year scanning project to make the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Texas and Mexico (1877–1922) available online. The maps are useful to historians, urban planners, architects, social scientists, geographers, genealogists, environmentalists and anyone interested in the history and growth of cities.
The 10,442 maps were scanned mainly from the collection of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin, with additional maps being scanned at the Library of Congress Maps & Geography Division in Washington, D.C., which houses the largest library collection of the Sanborn Maps. The large-scale maps of major cities and towns were published to determine fire insurance risks of particular buildings. The Library of Congress sent duplicate sets of maps to each state, with the Texas maps going to the Briscoe Center. The scanned maps are now part of the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.
Read the full story by Travis Willmann on the Public Affairs page.