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Geocoded Sanborn Maps Database Training


  • Monday, November 13, 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 11 a.m.

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The New York Public Library has recently acquired access to Geocoded Sanborn Maps. Sanborn fire insurance maps provide access to large-scale maps for towns and cities across New York state covering the period from 1867 to 1970. The information contained within these maps includes outlines of buildings (size, construction materials, location of windows, etc.), street names, sidewalk widths, property boundaries and more. One can even find information regarding pipelines, railroads, wells, and dumps. The Geocoded version of Sanborn Maps contains GIS information that allows users to locate data by address or geographic coordinates. Users can also layer maps from different years on top of one another.
At the completion of this class you will know how to use the browsing and search features, how to navigate the collection, how to understand the key and indexes, how to layer historical maps over modern maps and more. This resource is ideal for anyone interested in the history and growth of neighborhoods, towns and cities in New York state.

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  • Skill prerequisites: Basic computer skills.
  • Audience: Adults