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Maps in the GSR

The maps in the Grace Schmidt Room range in date from the early 1800s to the early 2000s, and vary from fragile original copies to microfiche. The map collection includes street maps, fire insurance maps, and aerial photographs.

The map collection is not available on Sundays.

Street Maps

You may view a street map by asking library staff to retrieve one for you. Please provide the year of the map and map number. This information can be found in the map lists below.

Maps listed by decade

Maps listed by subject

Maps listed by decade and subject

Kitchener Street Name Index

Street names have changed over the years. To assist researchers, library staff members have created a street map index which lists current and former names of many streets in Kitchener.

Kitchener Street Name Index

Fire Insurance Maps

Fire insurance maps were produced in Canada between 1876 and 1973, and were used by insurance companies to determine the risk of insuring homes and businesses. The maps show the layout of streets and buildings in great detail, including the location, size and shape of the building, as well as the construction details.

These maps often have two dates, an original date and a revision date. To view a fire insurance map, please provide library staff with the location you would like to view.

Location

Year

Format

Ayr

1884 revised 1904

Microfiche

Baden

1884 revised 1904

Microfiche

Berlin

1894 revised 1904

Map

Elmira

1894 revised 1904, 1923

Microfiche

Galt

1929

Microfiche

Hespeler

1885, 1910, 1947

Microfiche

Kitchener

1908 revised 1925

Bound volume

Kitchener

1908 revised 1947

Microfiche

Linwood

1900

Microfiche

Preston

1910 revised 1917, 1910 revised 1924

Microfiche

St. Jacobs

1904

Microfiche

Waterloo

1908 revised 1913, 1920 revised 1946

Microfiche

Wellesley

1894 revised 1908

Microfiche

To learn more about fire insurance maps, please see:

Catalogue of Canadian Fire Insurance Plans, 1875 – 1975
by Lorraine Dubreuil
MGSR 016.368110223 Dubre

Fire insurance maps cannot be copied under any circumstances.

Aerial Photographs

The Grace Schmidt Room has a series of aerial photographs that were purchased from the Region of Waterloo. Aerial photographs were taken every five years.

Library staff will retrieve aerial photographs upon request. You must provide the year of the set you would like view.

Year

Description

1975

Partial set (Kitchener-Waterloo only)

1980

Partial set (Kitchener-Waterloo only)

1985

Partial set (Kitchener-Waterloo only)

1990

Full set (Region of Waterloo)

1995

Full set (Region of Waterloo)

2000

Full set (Region of Waterloo)

2006

Full set (Region of Waterloo)

The aerial photograph collection is not available on Sundays.