The Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The maps provide block-by-block coverage of detailed information about historical buildings. Construction material is indicated, and information such as building function and locations of water and gas mains are available in some cases.
Print Sanborn Maps
Special Collections has 8 color Sanborn maps of Fayetteville, for 1886, 1892, 1897, 1904, 1908, 1913, 1919, and 1930. Because of their size, fragility, and value, use of these originals is restricted. Use the digital collection as an alternative whenever possible. We also have Sanborn Maps of Arkansas in black and white on two sets of microfilm in Multimedia Services.