This interactive Flash map of Charlottesville highlights railroads,
creeks and rivers, university and city buildings, and locations of black
businesses during the period 1904-1916.
Sanborn Maps provide invaluable detail to historians, genealogists, urban planners, architectural historians, environmentalists, economists, and many other specialists and scholars. Because of the maps' labeling of the type, use, building material used in construction, flammable material on site, and even name of specific buildings in towns and cities they have become increasingly popular primary sources. Special Collections at Alderman Library holds the actual map sheets for Charlottesville from 1907 and 1920.