New York: 1930. 22pp. of maps, each sheet 25 x 21 inches. Linen binding strips on left edge of sheets, minor wear and soiling. Manuscript notations and corrections dated 1935. Very good. Item #1932
Handsome set of Sanborn fire insurance maps for the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The present set was published in 1930 and updated in March of 1935, with manuscript notations and printed pasteovers throughout. The first page contains an index and a key map which shows the city extending out less than half a mile from the Plaza to the north and less than a mile to the south. At the time, Santa Fe had a population of just over 11,000 people; by the end of the decade that number would nearly double. The Sanborn Map Company was founded in 1866 and still operates today. Its maps were used extensively for insurance underwriting through the late 19th and early 20th century, and as a result it created some of the most accurate and important historical maps of urban areas in the country. The present set is a wonderful resource for social and architectural history in Santa Fe just prior to the population boom and the significant influx of tourists that followed World War II. Each map is color coded with extensive architectural details. Adobe buildings, for example, are colored in a grey-brown, providing structural information at a glance. We locate four copies in OCLC -- Yale, University of New Mexico, Museum of New Mexico, and the University of Denver.