Join us for a tour of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas archive housed at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The tour will be led by cartographer David Deis. This collection of historic maps was critical in the development of the OXY ARTS exhibition Compass Rose by Debra Scacco.
Produced by the Sanborn Map Company from the late 1860s to mid 1970s, Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases are highly detailed historical maps that allowed insurance companies to assess fire risk for individual structures in urban and commercial areas throughout North America. Today they represent a unique and priceless tool for researchers focused on historical geography, architecture, environmental history, the growth of cities and the social composition of urban areas.
The tour takes place at CSUN. Space is limited. RSVP here for full directions and meeting information: https://forms.gle/bFVcqUvkp8aRXrbJ8
Official: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330.
Google Maps “plus code” for Sierra Hall is:
6FQ9+8M Los Angeles, California
The Collection is located on the first floor of Sierra Hall, south hallway, Rooms 183 (workroom) and 189 (main room). The tour will meet up next to the giant globe outside of the Geography Department office – Sierra Hall 150 – and then make our way down as a group. If you are running late, come directly to the Room.
The nearest parking to Sierra Hall is the B3 structure. Day passes can be obtained for $8 either at Info Booth #2 (Prairie & Darby) OR via self-service kiosks within the structure itself. The semester does not begin until the third week of August, so there should be ample parking available in the structure.
Coming from the 405 North, exit at Nordhoff and make a left, heading west. Make a right on Darby and another right to enter the B3 parking area (right before the Police Station) OR right on Prairie to access the Info Booth. Coming from the 118 West, exit at Reseda and head south. Turn left on Prairie to access campus.