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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of North Carolina: Uses for Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Map Use Across Disciplines

The resources below provide examples of how the information contained in Sanborn maps can be used. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; there are plenty examples of Sanborn map use not listed here. While Joyner Library has some of the below works, others will need to be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Applebaum, William. "A Technique for Constructing a Population and Urban Land Use Map."
    Economic Geography 28 (July 1952): 240-243.
    Available full text via JSTOR

  • Breese, Priscilla et al. "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps; Across the Curriculum, Across the School."
    School Library Media Activities Monthly 11 (January 1995): 26-30
    via Interlibrary Loan

  • Keister, Kim. "Charts of Change."
    Historic Preservation 45 (May/June 1993): 40-49, 91-92.
    Call number:
    E151 .H5
    via Interlibrary Loan
  • Lamb, Robert B. "The Sanborn Map: A Tool for the Geographer."
    The California Geographer. 2 (1961): 19-22.
    via Interlibrary Loan

  • Manning, Mary. "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: An Aid for Genealogists."
    Illinois Libraries. 76 (Spring 1994): 101-104.
    Call number:
    Z732.I2 I3 V. 82
  • Rowley, Gwyn. "The Patterns of Fire."
    The Geographical Magazine. 60 (March 1988): 38-41.
    Call number: G1 .G343 V. 60
  • Sauder, Robert A. "The Use of Sanborn Maps in Reconstructing 'Geographies of the Past': Boston's Waterfront from 1867 to 1972."
    Journal of Geography 79 (November 1980): 204-213.

  • Wrigley, Robert L. "The Sanborn map as a Source of Land Use for City Planning."
    Land Economics 25 (May, 1949): 216-219.
    Available full text via JSTOR