Research Resources

Surveyors often use the World Wide Web to gather current and historical information. There are many online resources available for those interested in surveying, mapping and history. Below are a few historical sites that you may find useful.

Vermont Historical Society

Members of the Vermont Historical Society have access to a statewide collection of Sanborn Insurance Maps.

fire_insurance_mapsUniversity of Vermont Center for Digital Initiatives

This collection houses historical Burlington maps, including many Sanborn maps, plus fire insurance maps (up to 1922) of Burlington, Essex Junction, Richmond, Sheldon, St. Albans and Winooski.

Digital_DisksUniversity of Vermont Land Surveyors Records

This online guide summarizes the contents and provides information about UVM’s collection of land surveyor records and how to gain access to the collections.


University of Vermont Libraries Special Collection

This houses the Wilbur Collection of Vermontiana, the Rare Book Collection, and the University Archives. The Special Collections reading room and offices are located on the ground floor of the Bailey/Howe Library.


Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to research and view thousands of Vermont Supreme Court cases by keyword.


University of Vermont Finding Aids

Manuscript Collection: John Johnson, Franklin H. Dewart, Barlow Insurance Surveys. Land Records from South Burlington, Bakersfield, Hartland, St. Johnsbury, and many more. This is a database only; users must view materials at the library.


University of Vermont Landscape Change Program

Over 70,000 statewide images searchable by county, town and keyword. Great resource for historical building and landscape photos.


Digital Collections at Middlebury

Extensive Vermont map collection including Beers Altas maps, historic photographs, and postcards. Historic books and manuscripts.

Open Geodata Portal

The Vermont Center for Geographic Information has data and imagery that surveyors often use, and it will soon have historical aerial photos as well.

Vermont State Archives Records Administration

This state office files, records, and certifies legislative acts and resolves administrative rules, state deeds and leases, vital records, oaths and appointments, municipal charters, and similar statutory filings.