Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket
|Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
|Remarkably detailed maps of
Nantucket were made in the late 1800s - early 1900s for the purposes
of fire insurance. These color maps
show details of building construction in the built-up areas of the village -
with special attention to industrial sites. The original maps are
rarely seen today, as they were not mass-produced and few copies survive.
We have photographed all 73 maps included in the five
earliest sets from the collection of the Library of Congress -
covering the period 1887-1909.
The first page of each set has an elaborate title. Above is
the 1909 title to the 21 sheets of that year. To the right is a detail
of the buildings near the Old North Wharf in 1909.
We are pleased to make color copies of
these "Sanborn" maps available in a convenient form for the first time since their
publication a century ago. The links below will lead you to some
Because these are digital
photographs and not scans, you may not be able to read the smallest
(If you do need to read very fine details, you might find them on the black
& white images of these same maps on the the Nantucket Historical
Association web site
http://www.nha.org/library/sanbornmaps. The color maps on our site allow
you to discern building materials.)
1887 (7 maps)
1892 (11 maps)
To buy prints or image files*:
Color prints on
11" x17" paper and shipped by US mail.
$100 for a complete set (73 maps of all 5 years) + $10 s/h
or $30 for a complete set of JPEG images
on CD + $4 s/h
$8 / sheet for a single map +
$ 4 / sheet for 7 or more maps + $8 s/h
*All 11"x17" prints are approximately half the size of the original.
Please note that the smallest text may be blurred and hard to read, but the
quality is better than seen on the web site.
There are two ways to order:
1) Credit Card:
2) MAIL: Print out a copy of this page. Write in the info and mail a
check or money order to:
Old Maps PO Box 54, West Chesterfield, NH 03466
For more information, send an
Email Or call
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