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Digital Sanborn Maps Now Available

Lafayette Public Library patrons may now access the Digital Sanborn Maps from the  Lafayette Public Library database page.  These maps can be accessed from within the library or from outside of the library with a Lafayette Public Library card.

The Sanborn Map Company played a vital role in the development of fire insurance map making in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Founded by D.A. Sanborn in 1867, the company created hand-made and colored lithograph maps of over 12,000 cities and towns across the United States and set the standard for fire insurance maps of the era. Today, Sanborn Maps provide us with a detailed understanding of the physical make up of these cities and towns, and give us insight into the existing social, political, and economic conditions in specific places and times.




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