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Philadelphia: Maps

A guide to finding information about the city

Maps


Historical Maps of Philadelphia
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From the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama.

Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network
"View mosaics of selected historic maps, mixed with current maps and aerial photographs from Google in an interactive viewer."

Digital Sanborn maps 1867-1970 
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 provides digital access to large-scale maps of American towns and cities. Sanborn maps contain data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) on the ground floor of Paley Library contains some Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for Philadelphia in paper and microfilm formats.

Philadelphia City Maps Home
Aerial Photos, Zoning Maps, Photo Archives, Parcel Explorer by the Philadelphia City Government

Philadelphia - Maps and Geographical Information.
A wide-ranging list of Philadelphia maps from the library at the University of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) Map Gallery
Provides access to a number of census and district maps, and the 120-page document, The Political and Community Services Boundaries of Philadelphia.

Subject Specialist

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Gregory McKinney
Contact:
Paley Library
Room: 221
1210 W. Polett Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-4581
Fax: 215-204-5201
Email: gregmck@temple.edu