Syracuse University Libraries Map Collection
Reference Assistance: Consult John Olson, map librarian at 443-4818 or firstname.lastname@example.org for specific holdings information or reference assistance.
The following subject pages outline research in this area:
Cartographic resources include sheet maps (flat files), city and state maps (some still in vertical files), atlases, aerial photographs, and electronic resources.
Sanborn (Fire insurance) maps are a vital resource. John Olson’s subject page provides details on holdings and format. See the online database for holdings from the 1860’s to 1970’s. Go to the Databases tab and type in Sanborn.
(The map/atlas format is best searched by keyword.)
Travel guides are another source of documentation. Important series include: Baedeker (published by Karl Baedeker and dating from the mid-nineteenth century), Michelin, Touring Club Italiano, Prestel city guides, and the Access series by Richard Saul Wurman. Architectural series include the AIA guides and The City Observed. Local and area resources including planning agencies, local history organizations, and real estate offices can help provide documentation.
Web sites (specific cities, specific organizations) are important sources. Follow guidelines for determining the authority of the site.
Soil Surveys - Online soil maps and data for more than 95 percent of the nation's counties. Includes geospatial data, papers, reports and monographs.
Searching the online Catalog: (Typical subject headings include)
Florence (Italy)--City planning history
San Francisco (Calif.)--Description and travel