The Resource Norfolk (Va.) Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps, (cartographic material)

Norfolk (Va.) Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps, (cartographic material)

Norfolk (Va.) Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps, 1923-1958.
Norfolk (Va.) Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps
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  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps of Norfolk (Va.), 1923-1958 consist of volumes 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Sanborn map for Norfolk City issued for the year 1923. Various annotations, corrections and paste overs are present on the maps through the years 1958. The maps are plans showing the fire insurance risks of buildings in the city and identify commercial, industrial, and residential sections. They show color-coded building construction material, locations of windows and doors, roof type, street widths and names, water facilities, proximity to fire stations, population size, and a coded key to symbols. Oriented with north toward the upper right. Includes index and location map. These volumes were used as part of an insurance business prior to being donated to the Library of Virginia
  • An additional box contains approximately 20 Norfolk neighborhood maps, and blueprints for developments, some from the city's Department of Public Works that were originally folded and stored in the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company map volumes. These maps are from the years 1884-1928 and undated
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  • The city of Norfolk was established in 1680. Incorporated as a borough in 1736, it was incorporated as a city in 1845. In 1906 it annexed the adjacent town of Berkeley.
  • The Sanborn Map Company was founded by D. A. Sanborn, a surveyor from Massachusetts, in 1866. The maps allowed fire insurance underwriters and policy holders to more accurately protect the risks of business even if a building was not able to be inspected in person and to prevent an insurance premium from being set too low or high. Aside from fire insurance companies, the Sanborn Maps are useful to people involved in government, business, engineering, health and sanitation, planning and zoning, public works, tax assessment, education, highway development, public libraries, architects, geographers, environmentalists, water works, banking, mortgages, and life insurance, utilities and many other professional industries. Sanborn Maps also serve as historical documents for cities and towns and are important to those involved in social history, local history, architectural history, genealogy, urban studies, and preservation. The detail provided by the Sanborn Maps about each city in terms of its physical make-up, as well as the infrastructure of each city or town, provides important insights into a locality for professionals of all sorts.
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Norfolk (Va.) Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps, (cartographic material)
Gift of Vernon D. Divers, Divers Dawley Savage and Lassiter Insurance, 24 January 2008
  • The Library of Virginia
  • 4
  • 1.25
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Immediate source of acquisition
Divers, Vernon R., Divers Dawley Savage and Lassiter Insurance
Terms governing use
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Type of unit
  • v. and
  • cu. ft. (1 box)

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