The Sanborn Company began making fire insurance maps in 1867. Sanborn maps are valuable tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1867 – 1970 has been expanded from just Vermont to all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia.
Sanborn Maps Geo Edition allows searching by GPS coordinates and includes tools that layer maps from different years on top of each other and over modern street, satellite, and hybrid layers via a Google map interface. This enhanced version of the Sanborn maps database currently includes maps from a dozen states and will grow with time.
Both are available on the trials page at go/trials.
Middlebury College, detail from 1927 Sanborn
Want an easy way to create graphs, charts, and maps with data from the World Bank that you can add to your report or presentation? Check out the interactive eAtlas of Global Development. Watch this short video tutorial to see all the cool things you can do with it.
The book collections on the Main and Lower Levels of Davis Family Library have been rearranged in order to create room for the Music Library collections that will be moving later this month. Updated paper copies of the building guide are available at the Circulation and Info Desks, and you may see updated plans online at go/davismap
New compact shelving was installed in the SE corner of the lower level, and all of the books in the “stacks” (aka general collection shelves) were shifted toward Z. Therefor, if you’re used to finding your favorite PQ books in a specific spot, to find them now, keep following the alphabet toward Z until you run into them.
The Vermont Collection was moved to the middle of the lower level, as were the Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese Collections. The VHS collection was moved to open shelves in the center of the Main Lvl just east of the Government Documents.