Digital HOLC Maps

NOTE: Due to high traffic overwhelming a Dropbox account, I have shifted the files to another available here: HOLC MAPS.

Here is the current selection of digital HOLC maps I have available. I oversaw the digitization of the majority of these and make them available for public use. In addition, I include a few maps for other cities (also available through ARC, the NARA catalog) that were scanned at medium resolution. These documents were produced by the federal government and are in the public domain, so they can be used by scholars, students, and the general public. Be sure to give adequate citation of the original sources and this site. These have been scanned at high resolution, but many of them are linked here at a reference size (4000-8000 px on the short side) great for online viewing, but not as good for printing. If you are interested in a larger or smaller version, please let me know, as I have alternate sizes in storage. If you use these for research or publication, please credit LaDale Winling and this site, www.urbanoasis.org.

I am collaborating with colleagues at Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland, and the University of Richmond to create a full digital archive of HOLC maps and area descriptions. Nearly 250 cities were initially surveyed and approximately 200 had published security maps. In addition, we are working to develop a set of web applications to help bring the operations and legacy of the Home Ownership Loan Corporation to greater public understanding.

City Alt Version Size Citation
Atlanta 4 MB NARA Link
Austin High Res NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Austin, Texas” Box 153
Baltimore High Res NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Baltimore, Maryland Area Descriptions and Map” Box 107
Birmingham N/A 4 MB NARA Link
Boston N/A 116 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Greater Boston, Mass. Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 107
Bronx, NY High Res 8 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Bronx” Box 58
Brooklyn, NY High Res 7 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Brooklyn (Kings Co.)” Box 58
Charleston, WV High Res 9 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Charleston, WV Master File—Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 144
Chicago (South) High Res NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Chicago, IL” Box 184
Chicago (North) High Res NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Chicago, IL” Box 184
Detroit High Res NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Greater Detroit, MI” Box 21
Flint, MI High Res NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Flint, Michigan Master File Security Area Map and Descriptions” Box 23
Grand Rapids, MI | (HIGH) High Res 14.9 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Grand Rapids, Michigan Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 18
Jersey City, NJ (Hudson Co.) High Res 10 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Hudson County, New Jersey Master File” Box 47
Kalamazoo High Res 19 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Kalamazoo, Michigan Master File” Box 6
Los Angeles Central (1) High Res 11 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Metropolitan Los Angeles, California Security Map” Box 101
Los Angeles North (2) High Res 11 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Metropolitan Los Angeles, California Security Map” Box 101
Los Angeles East (3) High Res 11 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Metropolitan Los Angeles, California Security Map” Box 101
Los Angeles South (4) High Res 11 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Metropolitan Los Angeles, California Security Map” Box 101
Miami N/A 4 MB NARA Link
Manhattan High Res 7 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “New York City Manhattan, NY Security Area Map Folder” Box 116
Muncie High Res 16 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Muncie, Indiana Master File” Box 114
Newark, NJ (Essex Co.) High Res 10 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Essex County, New Jersey Master File” Box 46
New Orleans N/A 4 MB NARA Link
Norfolk High Res 68 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 95 Folder “Greater Norfolk, VA—Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 141
Oakland/Berkeley High Res 49 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Oakland-Berkeley, California Master File” Box 145
Philadelphia High Res 29 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Philadelphia, Penn Master File” Box 95
Pittsburgh High Res 21 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Pittsburgh, Penn. Master File—Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 94
Portland, OR High Res 95 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Portland, Oregon Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 26
Queens, NY High Res 28.3 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Queens” Box 76
Richmond N/A 3.9 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Richmond, VA Master File—Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 141
Roanoke High Res 16 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Roanoke, VA Master File” Box 142
St. Louis High Res 13 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Master File—Security Map and Area Descriptions” Box 100
Seattle High Res 49 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Seattle, Washington” Box 142
Washington, DC overview N/A 2.4 MB NARA II RG 195 Entry 39 Folder “Washington, DC” Box 72

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