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The Scout Report has profiled a number of map collections in the past, and it is always a delight to find new collections to offer to our readers. This latest collection was created as part of the Digital Library of Georgia project, and contains the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for the years 1884 to 1922, inclusive. As some users might already know, the Sanborn maps were originally created and used by fire insurance assessors, but over the past several decades, urbanologists have used them extensively to study the ways in which American cities and towns have changed. Visitors to the site can perform a basic search using their search engine, or utilize the address search feature as well. Users may also wish to browse the collection by city or by year in order to get a sense of how these tremendously useful documents look and operate. To provide one example, visitors may wish to compare the maps of Atlanta in 1886 to those created in 1918.
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