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Title
Atlases of New York City
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1800 - 2000 (Approximate)
Library locations
Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division
Topics
New York (N.Y.)
New York Metropolitan Area
Real property
Genres
Maps
Atlases
Description
NYPL's holdings of real estate and fire insurance atlases dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, showing streets, blocks, tax lots, and land use classifications of New York City's five boroughs and the surrounding metropolitan area. Cartographers and publishers include Perris, Hyde, Hopkins, Bromley, and Sanborn. William Perris (d.1862), an English-trained civil engineer and surveyor, originated the real estate map format. The Perris maps depict Manhattan and Brooklyn in the 1850s-1860s, when the two boroughs were still separate cities. Commonly called "fire insurance maps," these maps show streets, blocks, tax lots, and current use classifications; they also indicate locations of former streams and related natural features, earlier roads, previous land uses, lot lines, and more; their sequencing replicates the original published volumes. The atlases showcase the design and engineering of particular buildings and neighborhoods, as well as the wider social and political history of New York City. The more recent and prolific mapmaker, "Sanborn" has become shorthand for "fire insurance map" to a wide range of map users in local government and the real estate, hazard insurance and related industries, throughout the nation and the world. Aerial maps and topographical surveys are also in this collection.
Type of Resource
Cartographic
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): de1dcfb0-c5f6-012f-1dfc-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1800: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Atlases of New York City" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1800 - 2000. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/de1dcfb0-c5f6-012f-1dfc-58d385a7bc34

Chicago/Turabian Format

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Atlases of New York City" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 20, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/de1dcfb0-c5f6-012f-1dfc-58d385a7bc34

APA Format

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. (1800 - 2000). Atlases of New York City Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/de1dcfb0-c5f6-012f-1dfc-58d385a7bc34

Wikipedia Citation

<ref name=NYPL>{{cite web | url=http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/de1dcfb0-c5f6-012f-1dfc-58d385a7bc34 | title= (cartographic) Atlases of New York City, (1800 - 2000) |author=Digital Collections, The New York Public Library |accessdate=October 20, 2020 |publisher=The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations}}</ref>

Atlases of New York City