Maps on Microform Available at the Library of Michigan

Maps provide researchers with useful historical, physical and cultural information. This bibliography highlights maps at the Library of Michigan which might be overlooked because they are on microform.


State and County Atlases

The following historical atlases for Michigan may assist you in finding places such as towns, family farms, cemeteries, schoolhouses, and land ownership. You will need to consult the indexes behind the Reference Desk to help locate these atlases; the indexes are noted after the series titles.

County histories of the "Old Northwest," Series V: Michigan.1973.
Microfilm F566 .C67 1973
Indexed by: Michigan county and regional histories and atlases: (Index to) a micro-publication program.1974.
Mich . F572 . A15 C6z
Housed at Reference Desk.

Fire Insurance Maps

These maps were made for fire insurance companies and contain highly detailed information on such building features as size and shape, construction, occupancy, and street address. More than 300 Michigan towns from 1884 to 1989 are represented.

Sanborn fire insurance maps. Michigan.1983.
Microfilm G1411 .G475 S3z 1983
Indexed by: Fire insurance maps in the Library of Congress: plans of North American cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company: a checklist. 1981.
Gov. Docs. Reference LC5.2:F51
Ref. HG9771 .L51 1981z
This checklist is alphabetically arranged by state, then city; there is a city and county index in the back. The coverage for Michigan is from 1884 to 1961.
Sanborn fire insurance maps, part II: Michigan. 1992.
Microfilm G4110 .G475 1992 .S3
Previously unpublished maps ca. 1940-1989. There is a table of contents at the beginning of each reel.

Topographic Maps

Produced by the United States Geological Survey, these maps accurately represent the natural and man-made features of the land.

USGS complete topo file. Michigan microform. 1976.
Microfilm G4111 .C2 svar G43z
Three reels containing maps from 1905 to 1976. Scale varies. Indexed by: Michigan:index to topographic and other map coverage. 1991.
Gov. Docs. Reference I19.41/6-3: M58/991
Topographic and other maps available for sale as of 1991.
Geo Survey quadrangles historical reference file. Roll no. 227, Michigan. 1977.
Microfilm G4111 .C2 svar G432z
One reel containing maps from 1916-1977. Scale varies. Indexed by: Michigan:index to topographic and other map coverage. 1991.
Gov. Docs. Reference I19.41/6-3: M58/991
Topographic and other maps available for sale as of 1991.

Other Maps

Michigan transportation maps. 1991.
Mich. Docs. Microfiche HW H635: 18M 36
State road maps produced since 1930 by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Updated 08/09/2014