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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

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

Using This Index

Identifying Microfilm Reels

Look under Ann Arbor (reel 2) and then the date(s).

Note:The hyphenated dates given represent the date of original edition and the date of hand updates (for instance, Feb. 1927-July 1950 represents maps first issued in Feb. 1927 which have been hand updated through July 1950).

If the years desired are not covered by this set, you may wish to check an external resource, or the second microfilm set (Grad Serials/Microforms Film 30088) listed on the Sanborn Maps on Microfilm page. This set includes 1972 Sanborn maps of Ann Arbor on reel 1.

The Notes Column

In the Notes column are the "500" and "000" series numbers that identify volumes acquired from the Bureau of the Census, additional place names cited by the publisher in map titles, and other distinctive features of the map. Variations from the standard size (65 x 55 cm) are also noted in Notes. Editions issued in atlas format are described as bound.

Sanborn Microfilm Series Index: Ann Arbor

The following index, which is derived from the Fire Insurance Plans in the Library of Congress: A Checklist, is useful for identifying Sanborn maps of Ann Arbor found in the following microfilm set held by the Hatcher Graduate Library's Serials and Microforms Department.

Sanborn Map Company.  Sanborn fire insurance maps, Michigan.  Teaneck, NJ: Chadwyck-Healey, 1983-1990.
Location: Grad Serials/Microforms Film 23325 (40 reels)
Coverage: 1883-1970
Notes: This microfilm collection contains all Sanborn maps of Michigan found in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. 

 

Date No. of Sheets Notes
June 1888 10
July 1892 11
Aug. 1899 16
Dec. 1908 25
July 1916 30
Jan. 1925 41
Aug. 1931 45
Aug. 1931 - June 1948 48 502