Kansas Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Digitized version of the maps documenting Kansas cities and towns from 1883 through 1922 (which are now in the public domain); comprising 5,245 images, the collection is searchable by city, county and date. The complete collection of Sanborn maps for Kansas is available in both paper and microfilm in the Spencer Research Library. The maps consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some cities and towns in the state of Kansas. The maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property and therefore show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings, commercial buildings, and factories as well as fire walls, locations of windows and doors, sprinkler systems, and types of roofs. The maps also indicate widths and names of streets, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. They show the locations of water mains, giving their dimensions, and of fire alarm boxes and hydrants. Sanborn maps are thus an unrivaled source of information about the structure and use of buildings in American cities.