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Guide to the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
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  • Title: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    Date: 1884-1968
    Collection number: Found in collection.
    Creator: Sanborn (Firm)
    Extent: 3 linear feet
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library.
    San Jose, CA 95112
    Abstract: Maps by the Sanborn Map Company for the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara in hardcopy and microfilm.
    Physical location: History San Jose Collection Center.
    Languages: English


    Collection is open for research to the public by appointment.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with History San Jose. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact History San Jose Research Library.

    Preferred Citation

    Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1884-1968, History San Jose Research Library, San Jose, California 95112-2599.

    Processing History

    Processed by History San Jose staff in 2007.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Sanborn fire insurance maps were originally created as a product to help fire insurance companies assess the potential risks involved in underwriting policies. The maps show in great detail lots, houses, and businesses, typically including addresses, building height, building footprints, street names, number of stories per building, building construction materials, building use, and right of way. They also indicate when new buildings appeared and when modifications were made.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in History San Jose's archives catalog.
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Santa Clara (Calif.)
    Sanborn (Firm)
    Fire insurance maps