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Maps & Aerial Photos

Historical Maps: Digitized & Online

Digital Collections map
Santa Cruz City 1931

Wilkes Circles Sanborn Map 1905
Sanborn Map Santa Cruz, 1905

Digitized online Maps: UCSC Map Library Collections
This collection includes digitized historic maps, including Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, for the local Santa Cruz region showing the boundaries of land ownership, as well as names of landowners and uses of the land as well as information about streets, buildings, and physical features such as creeks.

Popular titles and sub-collections include:

  • Wright Bennett Healy (1881) - 
    Oldest survey of land ownership of Santa Cruz County.  Shows the original land owners and their names.
  • Hatch (1889) - 
    Official map of Santa Cruz County. 
    Shows property boundaries and ownership for Santa Cruz County. Shows roads as they were in 1889, and rancho boundaries. Railroads are shown, school districts are identified, and detailed maps are included of Felton, Capitola, and Valencia.
  • Punnett Bros.  (1906, 1914) - 
    Shows roads, railways, land ownership with names, acreages, township and range, school and supervisors districts, and ranchos.
  • Standard Map Service Atlases  (1931- 1957) 
    Property ownership maps for Santa Cruz City. 
  • Digitized Sanborn Maps (pre-1923)
    Detailed maps showing commercial businesses, building footprints, construction materials, width of streets, house addresses, and the use of the building.
  • Sanborn Maps Checklist at the Library of Congress
    Discover areas in California and the U.S. that had maps produced, with links to color digital images where available.  


Other Santa Cruz County Maps Online

California Maps Online

Historical Maps: Print & other formats

Print historical maps may be viewed in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room.  To request a map for viewing, find the title in Search  and choose the "Spec Coll Request" link.


• Santa Cruz County (Pre 1900)  Print Format 
  Search and select call numbers for additional information.

  • Santa Cruz County: Cities (Pre- 1900) 
  • Santa Cruz County (Pre- 1900) 

Sanborn Maps (Post 1923- )  Colored Glass Slides
  Search by county to see coverage by city and year:


Books at UCSC about Sanborn Maps