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HIST 3500 Primary Sources: Maps

Guide to researching first-hand accounts

Sanborn Maps tracing neighborhoods through time

Fire insurance maps document the changing face of towns and cities, providing highly detailed information for each neighborhood and block. The Library of Congress web site refers to them as "probably the single most important record of urban growth and development in the United States during the past one hundred years."

Old Maps Online index of 400,000 maps

Selections from Map of London

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Atlanta Maps

Hannah Palmer's narrative about how ATLMaps helped her research of Atlanta illumines this resource.