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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 (PDF)

Maps listed by subject (PDF)

Maps listed by decade and subject (PDF)

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 (PDF)

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 (M449) 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
Waterloo 1920 revised 1946 Bound volume
Wellesley 1890 revised 1908 Microfiche

To learn more about fire insurance maps, please see:

Catalogue of Canadian Fire Insurance Plans, 1875 – 1975 (PDF)
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.