Sanborn Maps at the Washington State Library
The Washington State Library has Sanborn maps available on microfilm. They must be viewed at the library. Copyright restrictions prevent our librarians from making copies of entire maps.
Dating from 1884 through the 1950s, the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps offer comprehensive
information about commercial, industrial, and residential sections of cities and
towns throughout Washington. The Washington State Library has 21 microfilm reels
containing more than 1,000 maps of 283 cities. Included on these maps are locations
of buildings, streets, and roads along with details on building construction and
To find out if there is a Sanborn map available for a particular area and/or time
period, search here by either city, county, or year.
For additional information about the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps email the Washington
State Library at [email protected].
The following book provides further information about the Sanborn Fire Insurance
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 ; introduction by
Walter W. Ristow. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress : Supt. of Docs, U.S. Govt.
Print. Off., 1981.