New York City Atlases & Land Books: Staten Island

 

Atlases and land books, published by Perris, Bromley, Robinson, Beers, Sanborn, and others, are invaluable for tracing information on neighborhood development and on the history of a particular site. Most of these are fire insurance maps and were originally created to help insure particular properties against fire. They were published every few years and show what was standing at a particular time. Details can include the footprint and construction materials of residences, industrial sites, and commercial buildings; property boundaries including old farm lines; building use; house and block numbers; and names and widths of streets.

Several of these atlases and land book publishers offered a correction service which kept the books up to date with the hundreds of changes that took place every year. The service made necessary changes in buildings, lots, zoning, etc. as officially recorded by New York City. Atlases and land books in this guide that have been corrected are marked with an * and are listed under their updated year, with the original publication date noted.

Only atlases and land books from Avery Library and NYPL Digital Collections (New York Public Library) are included.

After connecting to items in the NYPL Digital Collections please scroll down to the middle of the page to the "View as Book" link to see the entire atlas or land book.

Items in Avery Classics are by appointment only. See the Avery Classics Collection webpage to request an appointment.

 

1874:

Beers. Atlas of Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.
Avery Classics AA735 N4St2 B391 F 

Beers. Atlas of Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.
NYPL Digital Collections

1885-1951:

ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)
New York City [Bronx] [Kings (Brooklyn)] [Queens] [Richmond (Staten Island)].
This includes Manhattan, even though it is not listed.
Contents: 1890-1902; 1903-1919; 1908-1947; 1908-1952; New and additional sheets.

Richmond Borough of New York City (Staten Island)
Contents: July 1885; 1898; 1910; 1917; 1937-1938; 1937-June 1951; New and additional sheets.

1887:
Beers. Atlas of Staten Island, Richmond Co.
Avery Classics AA735 N4St2 B39 F

1891:

Bien. Atlas of the Metropolitan District and adjacent country comprising the counties of New York, Kings, Richmond, Westchester and part of Queens in the State of New York, the county of Hudson and parts of the counties of Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Union in the State of New Jersey.
Avery AA9127 N4 B48 FF

Bien. Atlas of the Metropolitan District and adjacent country comprising the counties of New York, Kings, Richmond, Westchester and part of Queens in the State of New York, the county of Hudson and parts of the counties of Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Union in the State of New Jersey.
NYPL Digital Collections

1907:

Robinson. Atlas of the Borough of Richmond, City of New York. (Staten Island) 
NYPL Digital Collections

1917:

Bromley. Atlas of The City of New York, Borough of Richmond Staten Island. (2v.)
Contents: v.1 Wards 1, 2, & 3--v.2 Wards 4 & 5
NYPL Digital Collections

1922:

Sanborn. Pier map of New York harbour, including Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Staten Island and New Jersey shore.
Avery Classics AA735 N4 Sa54 FF

1931:

Map of the borough...City of New York: map of Topographical Bureau.
Contents: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)
Avery AA9127 N4 M32 FFF

1933:

New York (N.Y.). Board of Estimate and Apportionment. Map of New York City.
Avery Classics AA9127 N4 N4861 FF

*New York (N.Y.). Board of Estimate and Apportionment. Map of New York City. (orig. publ. in 1924)
Avery AA9127 N4 N486 FF

1936:

*Sanborn. Borough of Richmond Insurance maps Staten Island, New York.
Contents: v. 1 (orig. publ. in 1917)
NYPL Digital Collections

1963:

New York (N.Y.). City Planning Commission. Sectional map of the City of New York.
Avery AA9127 N4 N488711 FFF

1965:

Sanborn. Land use 1964-65 [map of the City of New York].
Avery AA9127 N4L1 Sa5 FFF