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Massachusetts Libraries Special Collections Directory

The Special Collections Directory has been retired. To find repositories in Massachusetts that preserve and share historic cultural resources, consider Digital Commonwealth, the Massachusetts History Alliance’s “Mass History Commons” Directory, and Archives Grid.

Printed copies of the Special Collections Directory are available from numerous libraries across Massachusetts, discoverable through the Commonwealth Catalog.

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Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape.