Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps were initially created to estimate fire insurance liabilities in urbanized areas in the United States.  The maps include detailed information regarding town and building information in approximately 12,000 U.S. towns and cities from 1867 - 2007. They are a highly useful resource regarding construction materials, detailed city plans, use of the structure (church, factory, dwelling, etc.), lot lines, street names and widths, house numbers, and even sometimes the ethnicity of occupants.

Due to the wealth of information in these maps, they are arranged on the microfilm rolls by state, and then by city. The Licking County Library owns only the roll that includes Newark, Ohio. On the same roll are the following Ohio towns: New Boston, New Bremen, New Carlisle, New Concord, New Holland, New Lexington, New Lisbon, New London, New Paris, New Philadelphia, and New Richmond.

The maps on the roll for Newark are for 1884, 1889, 1893, 1899, 1905, 1912 and 1920. The 1884, 1889 and 1893 maps also include Granville, Ohio.

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps may also be seen online through OPLIN.