Thursday, August 22, 2013


The SLPL website provides Library cardholders access to various reference databases. One of these, ProQuest Information and Learning's Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, offers digital access to large-scale maps of various American towns and cities. Digitized Sanborn Maps allow for greater flexibility of use and improved viewing possibilities compared to the earlier microfilm versions of these maps. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify, and zoom in on specific sections. The SLPL website provides access to the Missouri portion of this collection:


Coverage varies widely for included cities and towns (“coverage” here meaning when a particular map was prepared or updated). Here, for example, is the coverage provided for Missouri cities and towns beginning with the letter A:

Adrian (Bates Co.)—Apr 1894-Apr 1924
Agency (Buchanan Co.)—Nov 1922
Alton (Oregon Co.)—July 1923
Anderson (McDonald Co.)—Sept 1920-Sept 1928
Appleton City (St. Clair Co.)—Oct 1885-Oct 1935
Armstrong (Howard Co.)—Aug 1917-Aug 1928
Ash Grove (Greene Co.)—July 1893-June 1931
Atlanta (Macon Co.)—Mar 1918
Auxvasse (Callaway Co.)—May 1902-Jan 1925
Ava (Douglas Co.)—July 1914-Mar 1935

Coverage for St. Louis City and a sampling of nearby cities is as follows:

St. Louis City—Mar 1903—Dec 1952
Kirkwood—Feb 1928-Nov 1949
O’Fallon—Nov 1912
Pacific—July 1886-Jan 1929
St. Charles—May 1886-Oct 1947
St. Peters—Nov 1912-Sept 1917
Ste. Genevieve—Feb 1894-July 1945
Valley Park—Jan 1926

The list of available Missouri cities and towns is extensive—why not visit our website and see for yourself?


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