The Baton Rouge Room is home to over three hundred maps dating from the early 19th century to modern day. We have city, parish, and state maps as well as novelty maps, river maps and Sanborn Maps. Below is a link to the Baton Rouge Room Digital Archive which has a small selection of our maps we have made digitally available. Also below is a complete inventory. For more information, please call the archivist at 225-231-3752.
1865 topographical map of the Louisiana coast.
1922 map of the city of Baton Rouge
and its suburbs.
1958 official road map of East Baton Rouge.
For more information regarding the images of the maps provided above click on the images for more information.
Below you will find a comprehensive inventory of the maps held in the Baton Rouge Room Archives.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library provides access to an online collection of Sanborn Maps for the State of Louisiana in our "Fire Insurance Maps Online" database. Sanborn Maps were originally created by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company and were created for only incorporated areas of municipalities. The volumes contain an enormous amount of information. They are organized as follows: a decorative title page, an index of streets and addresses, a ‘specials’ index with the names of churches, schools, businesses etc., and a master index indicating the entirety of the mapped area and the sheet numbers for each large-scale map (usually depicting four to six blocks) and general information such as population, economy and prevailing wind direction. The maps include outlines of each building and outbuilding, the location of windows and doors, street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, fire walls, natural features, sometimes names of property owners or businesses and so on.
*Please note: You will need a valid East Baton Rouge Parish Library card to use this database.*