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Sanborn Maps

April of 1914 June of 1955 Founded in 1867 by Massachusetts surveyor Daniel Alfred Sanborn, The Sanborn Map Company created maps of U.S. towns for insurance assessment purposes until 1970.  Headquartered in Pelham, New York, the company had regional offices in San Francisco and Chicago.  12,000 communities were mapped by Sanborn and original copies are now archived in libraries and museums across the United States. 

 Section from Sanborn Map

Today the maps are heavily used for various reasons.  Property owners often gain clues about the development of their house or building over the years.  Researchers and planners gain information about individual properties or a city as a whole.  Some users are gratified to find that the Sanborns give them proof of a pre-existing use of a property which will allow them, by grandfather clauses, to keep a porch, a garage, a duplex or an outbuilding.   

Sanborn Map CompanySanborn maps are large-scale maps with accurate details and were usually drawn at 50 or 100 feet to an inch.  Using color-coding they show individual building "footprints," construction details such as building material (brick, wood, concrete, etc.), number of stories, location of doors, windows, chimneys and elevators, garages and outbuildings.  They also show whether a structure is a dwelling, a school, a hotel, a church or a retail establishment.  Properties are shown by address and streets, railroads, docks and piers are clearly noted. 

THE EVERETT SANBORNS
Sanborn maps were made of incorporated Everett for May 1892, January 1893, 1902, 1904 and 1914.  The 1914 edition was then updated showing changes from 1937 through June of 1955 by a series of images pasted over the base 1914 map.  The Everett Public Library’s Northwest has two hard copy volumes of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Everett, the 1914 Sanborn and the version updated with paste-overs to 1955.  These have recently been digitized and archivally rebound with grants money from the Washington State Library’s LSTA program.  The digitized versions, in full color, are presented here.  The library also has microfilm copies of all Sanborns for Everett, as well as for other Snohomish County towns, which can be used in the library. The microfilm copies are in black and white only.

April of 1914 June of 1955 HOW TO SEARCH AND PRINT
When viewing the digital Sanborns, choose either the 1914 Sanborn or the 1955 update.  A title page will appear.  Check the Index and Key pages also as these will tell you the page to view for the address your searching and will explain the symbols and color code meanings.  Full pages will be in view at a little over 6% in size.  You can print out the full page or enlarge a detail many times by clicking on it until it is the size you would like.  Then print.

 

David Dilgard
History Specialist
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
T: 425-257-8005
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Lisa Labovitch
History Specialist
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
T: 425-257-8005
F: 425-257-8016
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