Sanborn Map Company. Fire Insurance Maps for West Virginia
Sanborn Map Company
2 ft. 3 in. (132 oversize folders, 1 ft. 10 in.); (1 large flat storage box, 1 1/2 in.); (2 unboxed volumes, 3 1/2 in. total); 14 reels of microfilm
The Sanborn Map Company created large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American cities and towns during the late nineteenth and twentieth century to provide fire insurance agents with sufficient information to assess fire insurance liability. Maps show size, shape and construction of buildings, street names and widths, property boundaries, building use, and the locations of water mains, fire alarms, and hydrants, among other things. The Sanborn Map Company updated the maps to reflect new construction and changes in existing buildings, thereby illustrating the urbanization of America. Collection contains Sanborn maps for towns and counties in West Virginia from 1884 to 1934, though most date from the early twentieth century. Typically there are several maps for each location. There are some microfilm copies available in collections W-1526 and W-3432. An inventory is available in the library. Addendum from 2013/06/17 contains one volume of Sanborn insurance maps for the town of Buckhannon, including base map of 1930, and amendments for 1947, 1956, and 1961. Addendum from 2013/12/04 contains two volumes of Sanborn insurance maps for Morgantown, WV; one is from 1927, the other is from 1927 with corrections to the 1950s.
A&M No.: 1307
The materials are in English
West Virginia & Regional History Collection