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Library Research Guides

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

An introduction and guide to finding and using Sanborn fire insurance maps at UM and elsewhere.

Mirlyn Searches

Sanborn fire insurance maps may be searched in Mirlyn using the following subject headings:

Insurance, Fire--Michigan--[City Name]--Maps and surveys

Note: Records for microfilm sets covering Michigan will not be retrieved if a city name is added to a search.

Bentley Historical Library Holdings

The Bentley Historical Library holds many Sanborn fire insurance maps for Michigan on microfilm. Its holdings can be determined by searching Mirlyn or contacting the Bentley directly.

Clark Library Holdings

The Clark Library holds printed volumes for the following cities only:

Ann Arbor
Location: Clark Folio G 1414 A6 G475 S19
Coverage: 1909

 

Detroit
Location: Clark Map Oversize G 1414 .D4 G475 S18 1921
Coverage: 1910-1938 (vols. 1-6, 1910-1923; vol. 7, 1915; vol. 7A 1915; vols. 8-10, 1915-1925; vol. 10A, 1915; vol.11, 1916-1929; vols. 12-13, 1924; vol. 13A 1924; vols. 14-22 1925-1933; vols. 24-26 1933-1938; suppl. vol. 1962?)
Notes: Most sheets have annotations and correction labels pasted on indicating revisions to ca. 1960.

 

Lansing
Location: Clark Map Oversize G 1414 .L3 G475 S18 1951
Coverage: 1913-1926 (vol. 1, 1913; vol. 2, 1926)
Notes: Most sheets have annotations and correction labels pasted on indicating revisions to 1951.

 

Trenton
Location: Clark Map Cases G4114 T8 1912 S3
Coverage: 1912 (6 sheets)

 

Wyandotte
Location: Clark Map Cases G 4114 W8 1912 S3
Coverage: 1912 (24 sheets)

 

Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Detroit and Suburbs

The Clark Library also holds printed volumes of Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Detroit and Suburbs; flat maps that show features similar to Sanborn maps, such as the locations and names of major buildings, the construction material of buildings, rail lines, and water mains.

Location: Clark Map Atlas Shelves G 1414 D4 B16
Coverage: 1915; 1918; 1923; 1926