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Sanborn Maps Digitization Project : Sanborn Maps Digitization Project Building Colorado Story by Story: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection at CU Boulder Colorado Academic Library Summit Beth Filar Williams, Colorado Library Consortium Kathryn Lage, University of Colorado at Boulder Map Library Outline : 2 CALC 2007 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Introduction & History Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps CU’s Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Digitization Project Using Building Colorado Story by Story Statewide Workshops Accidental Map Librarian Wiki Selected References Outline Introduction & History:What Are Sanborn Maps? : 3 CALC 2007 Introduction & History:What Are Sanborn Maps? Fire Insurance Maps Large Scale (50 feet to 1 inch) Detailed: block & buildings level Size Shape Construction materials Water and gas mains, fire hydrants Prevailing wind, population, firefighters and equipment Labeled most public buildings Introduction & History:Boulder 1906 Index Map : 4 CALC 2007 Introduction & History:Boulder 1906 Index Map Introduction & History: Boulder 1906 Sheet 4 : 5 CALC 2007 Introduction & History: Boulder 1906 Sheet 4 Introduction & History: Boulder 1906 Sheet 10 : 6 CALC 2007 Introduction & History: Boulder 1906 Sheet 10 Introduction & History: Insurance Mapping : 7 CALC 2007 Introduction & History: Insurance Mapping Fire Insurance Maps emerged in London in the late 1700s Industrialization & the rise of the insurance industry in America in the late 1800s fueled the need for mapping Fire insurance maps detailed developed areas of cities Insurance agents based rates on the relative risk of fires Introduction & History: Sanborn Map Company : 8 CALC 2007 Introduction & History: Sanborn Map Company Founded in 1867 by D.A. Sanborn Published a system of standards of accuracy in 1905 Large and successful company, mapped 12,000 U.S. towns and cities Remapped cities over time Uses of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps : 9 CALC 2007 Uses of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Development of neighborhoods & cities Environmental history Researching historical buildings: uses, architecture Historic preservation Urban Archeology Land use patterns Population density FUN Uses for Sanborn Maps : 10 CALC 2007 FUN Uses for Sanborn Maps Discover scandalous stories – like DC Alley life (Madam on the Mall: http://www.si.edu/oahp/madam/index.html) Uncover dangerous histories – (was this a superfund site: http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/summer03articles/boston-mass.html ) Treasure Hunting – in privies and outhouses (http://bottlebooks.com/) Explore your town – what did it look like “when grandpa lived here” (http://mga.drury.edu/lessons/us/mainstreet.htm) What “Legacies” are hidden from what we see today? CU’s Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Digitization Project Components : 11 CALC 2007 CU’s Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Digitization Project Components Building Colorado Story by Story Print collection Funding Selection Digitization Cataloging Interface creation Outreach and teaching Building Colorado Story by Story:Print Collection : 12 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story:Print Collection Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library 1883-1931, over 560 maps Duplicates from the Library of Congress, acquired in late 1960s Nearly complete collection of Colorado’s Sanborn fire insurance maps Largest collection of Colorado Sanborn fire insurance maps in Colorado Building Colorado Story by Story: Funding : 13 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story: Funding LSTA grant administered by the Colorado State Library Additional gift from the University of Colorado Friends of the Library In-kind contributions from CU Boulder Libraries & Colorado Library Consortium Building Colorado Story by Story: Selection : 14 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story: Selection Broad geographic representation across Colorado 79 principal cities 52 (out of 64) counties 346 maps (=2385 sheets) 1883-1922 (out of copyright maps only) Building Colorado Story by Story: Digitization & Cataloging : 15 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story: Digitization & Cataloging Outsourced scanning & creation of MIX technical metadata to OCLC Preservation Services CU-B Cataloged print & electronic maps in MARC Records in CU’s library catalog, Prospector, WorldCat Research on-going into using METS for electronic maps Building Colorado Story by Story: Interface Creation : 16 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story: Interface Creation Maps are part of CU-B Libraries’ Digital Asset Library (DIAL) Using Luna Insight software Geographic browsing through an xml gateway website Building Colorado Story by Story: Traditional Interface-Luna Insight : 17 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story: Traditional Interface-Luna Insight Building Colorado Story by Story: xml Gateway : 18 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story: xml Gateway Building Colorado Story by Story: xml Gateway : 19 CALC 2007 Building Colorado Story by Story: xml Gateway Statewide Workshops : 20 CALC 2007 Statewide Workshops 1 hour overview sessions @ 3 locations in CO – as part of CLiC Spring Workshops. 2 all day workshops – Accidental Map Librarian –intro to maps, online map resources, map collection basics, map cataloging, action planning, and Sanborn digitization project. Wiki: http://maplibraries.pbwiki.com/ : 21 CALC 2007 Wiki: http://maplibraries.pbwiki.com/ Selected References : 22 CALC 2007 Selected References Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. Reference and Bibliography. 1981. Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress: Plans of North American Cities and Towns Produced by the Sanborn Map Company. Washington: Library of Congress. Oswald, Diane L. 1997. Fire insurance maps: their history and applications. College Station, Tex: Lacewing Press. Union List of Sanborn & Other Fire Insurance Maps: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/sanbul.html Extended bibliography by Philip Hoehn: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/sanbul_about.html#bibliography

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