Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Muncie, Indiana Collection consists of 200 maps depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of the city from 1883 through 1911. The maps were produced by the Sanborn Map Company to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard and establish premiums for particular properties. Today these maps are used by researchers in a variety of fields, including history, urban planning, historic preservation, and genealogy.
For more information on Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, an online tutorial entitled "Maps and Cartography: Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps" is available under related links and on the Ball State GIS Research and Map Collection website. Specific instructions on how to search this collection in the Digital Media Repository are also available. Ball State University Libraries also has Sanborn Maps of Muncie from 1954, 1955, and 1965 as well as for additional cities in Indiana and the United States. Listings for these maps are available in CardCat.
"Sanborn", "Sanborn Map", "Sanborn Map Company", and "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps" are recognized trademarks of the Sanborn Map Company, a subsidiary of Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR). The presentation of historic Sanborn Fire Insurance Company maps of Muncie, Indiana on this site is in no way connected with either the Sanborn Map Company or Environmental Data Resources, Inc.
Sanborn Locator Map
Sanborn maps in this collection can also be accessed using this interactive Muncie Sanborn Map Locator. To use this tool to locate an archival map, select the year and then select the colored overlay for the area of the city that you are interested in. This interactive map shows the sheets available for that year in reference to today's road network.
GIS Research and Map Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps