The Sanborn Maps are a terrific resource for viewing detailed information about city properties. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps show all the buildings, their addresses, and in commercial areas, the type of business establishment in each building. The Map Library only owns one 3-volume set for Lansing, published in 1953. We purchased computer access to digital images of the Michigan Sanborn maps, which includes over 300 cities and villages from 1870-1960. One important difference between the computer database and the original books is that the computer database is black-and-white only, while the original maps use color to indicate building materials.
Maps may be printed or saved using the two links at the extreme top of the viewing window that say "Download Map" and "Print Current View".
Many people are interested in finding Sanborn and other similar insurance maps in their original colored state, and finding maps of communities in other states.