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Descriptive Overview
 
Citation Sanborn Insurance Maps of [City, State] (New York: Sanborn Map Company, [date]), plate [no.],  Special Collections and Archives, Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University.
 
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Historical Note
 
Produced since 1867 by the Sanborn Map Company of Pelham, New York, these large scale maps were originally prepared for use by fire insurance companies and underwriters.  Agents used the maps to determine how much, if any fire insurance, would be sold to an individual client based on the degree of risk associated with an individual structure.  The maps show the size, shape and construction of residential and commercial buildings, and indicate the presence of fire walls, sprinklers, windows and doors, and indicate roofing and construction material.  Additionally, they provide street names and widths, house and block numbers, property boundaries, and building use.  Water mains, fire hydrants and fire alarm boxes are also indicated.  The company is named for its founder, D. A. Sanborn.
 
Scope and Content
 
23 reels of microfilm containing maps for 234 cities and town in the states of Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri, primarily for the years between 1945 and 1992; and 130 microfiche cards containing earlier maps for towns and cities in Southeast Missouri, 1884-1951.  The film and fiche reproductions are in black and white. 
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