I'm wondering if anyone has heard of or come across any examples of scanned and georeferenced Sanborn Fire Insurance maps being served as a WMS. I know there are copyright issues, so presumably only for maps before 1922. I'm curious about the possibility of doing this myself... Thanks!

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    Not WMS, but NYC library recently announced that they were putting their maps up: nypl.org/blog/2014/03/28/open-access-maps Fire maps are a major part of that: digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/… – BradHards Apr 15 '14 at 1:15
  • Nice resource. I'll file that link away for later. Thanks! – mr.adam Apr 15 '14 at 13:47
  • As you've had no responses confirming presence of any WMS, perhaps you would consider deleting the question, or post your own answer with your own WMS... – nmtoken Oct 10 '16 at 8:22
  • I could, and have been planning to add an answer once the project is officially released, but why delete the question? – mr.adam Oct 10 '16 at 19:21

Been waiting years to do this, but finally able to answer my own question here, given the recent release of the project I was working on when I originally asked the question.

In the Cane River Heritage Inventory & Map, an installation of Arches (an open source heritage inventory platform), I have included a couple examples of Sanborn layers on the interactive map.


To view them, go to the map, and find these layers in the Historic Maps panel.

I did some image-editing in GIMP, georeferenced each sheet in ArcMap, and they are served as WMS through GeoServer.

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