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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Nantucket, MA
Remarkably detailed maps of Nantucket were made in the late 1800s - early 1900s for the purposes of fire insurance.  These color maps show details of building construction in the built-up areas of the village - with special attention to industrial sites.  The original maps are rarely seen today, as they were not mass-produced and few copies survive.  We have photographed all 73 maps included in the five earliest sets from the collection of the Library of Congress - covering the period 1887-1909.   
Old Fire Insurance Maps of Nantucket Old Fire Insurance Maps of Nantucket
The first page of each set has an elaborate title. Above is the 1909 title to the 21 sheets of that year.  To the right is a detail of the buildings near  the Old North Wharf in 1909.

We are pleased to make color copies of these "Sanborn" maps available in a convenient form for the first time since their publication a century ago. The links below will lead you to some low-resolution copies.                                                                   Because these are digital photographs and not scans, you may not be able to read the smallest lettering.
(If you do need to read very fine details, you might find them on the black & white images of these same maps on the the Nantucket Historical Association web site  http://www.nha.org/library/sanbornmaps. The color maps on our site allow you to discern building materials.)

1887  (7 maps)     1892  (11 maps)       1898  (15 maps)      1904 (19 maps)     1909  (21 maps)

To buy prints or image files*:  Color prints on 11" x17" paper and shipped by US mail.

     $100  for a complete set (73 maps of all 5 years)  +  $10 s/h    or     $30 for a complete set of JPEG images on CD + $4 s/h
       $8 / sheet for a single map  +  $4 s/h
      $ 4 / sheet  for 7 or more maps + $8 s/h                                                           

*All 11"x17" prints are approximately half the size of the original.                                                                                                       Please note that the smallest text may be blurred and hard to read, but the quality is better than seen on the web site.             

There are two ways to order:

1) Credit Card: 

Enter your print's Town + Year + Sheet Number. (example: "1887 Nantucket Fire Ins Map Sheet 5")

Total Price ($) Including shipping:

Additional description or instruction:

2) MAIL: Print out a copy of this page. Write in the info and mail a check or money order to:

Old Maps  PO Box 54, West Chesterfield, NH  03466

For more information, send an Email     Or call 413-772-2801 days.

Revised: 06/11/14
Copyright 2005 [Old Maps]. All rights reserved.