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Maps and Geographic Information System (GIS) Resources: Sanborn Fire Insurance

Orlando, Florida (1884-1951) -- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Orlando maps are available on microfilm [G 3931 .G475 S3 1983] for 1884, 1887, 1892, 1897, 1903, 1908, 1913, 1919, 1925, and 1925-1951. The maps after 1923 are not available online because of copyright restrictions.

General Information about Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Florida

  • Online version (1884-1923)
  • Microfilm G 3931 .G475 S3 1983 (16 reels)

"Reproduced from original copies in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress." "Maps are arranged on each reel in the order they appear in Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress." Original maps published by Sanborn Map Co., New York.

Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress : Plans of North American Cities and Towns Produced by the Sanborn Map Company : A Checklist -- compiled by the Reference and Bibliography Section, Geography and Map Division ; introd. by Walter W. Ristow -- provides a brief description of Sanborn maps, and a checklist for all 50 states listing the city, county, and date of each edition. The entries for some maps include comments listing the names of neighboring communities also displayed on the maps.

  • U.S. Documents LC 5.2: F51

Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps of Florida comprise an online collection of more than 300 bibliographic units in more than 3,000 map sheets dating from 1884 through 1923. Digitized maps are in the public domain and illustrate the development of more than 130 Florida cities.

The dates vary by town, with the earliest for Florida towns from 1884. For example, Orlando maps are available for 1884, 1887, 1892, 1897, 1903, 1908, 1913, 1919, 1925, and 1925-1951. The maps after 1923 are not available online because of copyright restrictions

The University of Florida Map & Imagery Library in Gainesville has most of these maps for Florida towns in paper format, and provides a brief list of the available maps.

The Orange County Regional History Center has paper copies of the 1925 maps for Orlando and Winter Park, updated through the 1950's.

Other Information about Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist "provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division. The online checklist is based upon the Library's 1981 publication Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress and will be continually updated to reflect new acquisitions. The online checklist also contains links to existing digital images from our collection and will be updated as new images are added."

Union List of Sanborn & Other Fire Insurance Maps (University of California, Berkeley) includes links to online maps, and Michigan State University provides a similar list of links.

General information about Sanborn Maps can be found in:

There are commercial sources for Sanborn Maps from other states. Some of the freely accessible maps include:

Florida Cities and Towns for which specific maps exist

The following towns and cities are arranged alphabetically on the microfilm reels in the UCF library:

  • Alachua
  • Apalachicola
  • Apopka
  • Arcadia
  • Auburndale
  • Avon Park
  • Bartow
  • Belle Glade
  • BBlountstown
  • Bonifry
  • Boynton
  • Bradentown (Bradenton)
  • Bronson
  • Brooksville
  • Bunnell
  • Bushnell
  • Cassadaga
  • Cedar Key
  • Chipley
  • Clearwater
  • Clermont
  • Cocoa
  • Coconut Grove
  • Coral Gables
  • Crescent City
  • Crestview
  • Dade City
  • Dania
  • Daytona
  • Daytona Beach
  • De Funiak Springs
  • De Land
  • Delray
  • Dunedin
  • Dunnellon
  • Eau Gallie
  • Eustis
  • Fellsmere
  • Fernandina
  • Florida City
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Meade
  • Fort Myers
  • Fort Pierce
  • Frost Proof
  • Gainesville
  • Graceville
  • Green Cove Springs
  • Gulfport
  • Haines City
  • Hampton
  • Hastings
  • Havana
  • Hialeah
  • High Springs
  • Hollywood
  • Holmestead
  • Inverness
  • Jacksonville
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Jasper
  • Jennings
  • Jensen
  • Key West
  • Kissimmee
  • Lake Butler
  • Lake City
  • Lake Helen
  • Lake Wales
  • Lake Worth
  • Lakeland
  • Largo
  • Leesburg
  • Lemon City
  • Little River
  • Live Oak
  • Madison
  • Marianna
  • Mayo
  • Mayport
  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Miami Beach
  • Milton
  • Monticello
  • Moore Haven
  • Mount Dora
  • Mulberry
  • New Port Richey
  • New Smyrna
  • Newberry
  • Ocala
  • Ocoee
  • Okeechobee
  • Orlando
  • Ormond
  • Pablo Beach
  • Pahokee
  • Palatka
  • Palm Beach
  • Palmetto
  • Panama City
  • Pass-A-Grille
  • Pensacola
  • Perry
  • Pierce
  • Plant City
  • Pompano
  • Port Saint Joe
  • Punta Gorda
  • Quincy
  • River Junction
  • Safety Harbor
  • Saint Augustine
  • Saint Cloud
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Saint Petersburg Gulf Beaches
  • Sanford
  • Sarasota
  • Seabreeze
  • Sebring
  • Starke
  • Stuart
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Tarpon Springs
  • Tavares
  • Titusville
  • Umatilla
  • Vero Beach
  • Waldo
  • Wauchula
  • West Palm Beach
  • White Springs
  • Williston
  • Winter Garden
  • Winter Haven
  • Winter Park
  • Zephyrhills

Florida: Neighboring Communities included on maps of nearby cities & towns

The following communities are included on the maps of neighboring towns and cities from the alphabetic list above. If unsure which neighboring town is correct, consult the index in the book Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress.

  • Alton
  • Amelia Beach
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Bal Harbour
  • Bath Club Estates
  • Bay Harbor
  • Bay Harbor Islands
  • Bella Vista Beach
  • Belleair
  • Biscayne Park
  • Boca Ciega
  • Branford
  • Brownsville
  • Chattahoochee
  • Coconut Grove
  • Coral Gables
  • Coronado
  • Coronado Beach
  • Daytona Beach
  • Don Cesar Place
  • Dowling Park
  • East Mulberry
  • East Pensacola Heights
  • Edgewater
  • El Portal
  • Florence Villa
  • Fort McCoy
  • Golden Beach
  • Goulding
  • Hawk's Park
  • Hialeah
  • Holly Hill
  • Hopkins
  • Indian Creek Village
  • Irvine
  • Jamieson
  • Kendrick
  • Lakewood
  • Lido Beach
  • Madeira Beach
  • Maitland (Naitland)
  • Manatee
  • Martel
  • Martin
  • Melbourne Beach
  • Miami Beach
  • Miami Shores
  • Miami Springs
  • Mills at Millview
  • Mitchell's Beach
  • Nocatee
  • Neptune
  • Neptune Beach
  • North Bay Island
  • North Bay Village
  • North Miami
  • North Pass-A-Grille
  • Oak
  • Old Town
  • Ortega
  • Palm Beach
  • Ponte Verde
  • Port Tampa
  • Port Tampa City
  • Pughsville
  • Punta Vista
  • Reddick
  • Riviera Beach
  • Rockledge
  • St. Augustine Beach
  • Saint Petersburg Beach
  • Samoset
  • Seabreeze
  • Silver Bluff
  • South Miami
  • Springfield
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Sunny Isles
  • Sunset Beach
  • Sunshine Beach
  • Surfside
  • Tancrede Station
  • Tildenville
  • Treasure Island
  • Vero
  • Warrington
  • Watertown
  • West Augustine
  • West Palm Beach
  • West Tampa
  • Whitfield Estates
  • Wilbur-by-the-Beach
  • Wilbur-by-the-Sea
  • Woolsey
  • Ybor City
  • Zuber