Pictorial map of the Harvard University and Radcliffe College campuses in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The buildings of the university are shown, including Radcliffe Dormitories, Physics Laboratories, Law School, Graduate School of Business Administration, Stadium, Lowell House and Memorial Hall. Small figures row on the Charles River, play tennis and run track. Short descriptions with historical information accompany the illustrations. A vignette of Harvard College during the American Revolution is also included. The crests of the various colleges are shown, and the University Veritas crest and pilgrim hats decorate the border. The cartouche incorporates the bronze statue of founder John Harvard that sits in Harvard Yard. The two towers of Leverett House, completed in 1960, are shown, but Mather House, which opened in 1970, is not, dating this map to sometime in the 1960s. Another extant example of this map copyrighted 1959 is in a private collection.
Alva Scott Garfield designed, drew and published colorful pictorial maps of New England during the 1950s and 1960s. Based in Madison, New Hampshire, and Concord, Massachusetts, Garfield produced maps that were connected to nearby areas rich in historical interest: Boston, the Harvard University campus, Concord, Salem and the White Mountains. The maps are historically oriented and annotated throughout with facts and quotations from important historical figures. Events related to colonial history and the American Revolution are frequently highlighted. Important buildings are drawn in bird's-eye style. Garfield's maps include whimsical touches such as mermaids in the waters and decorative borders related to the locale. The maps in our inventory were recently rediscovered in a warehouse in New Hampshire, accounting for their very good uncirculated condition.
The map would make an excellent graduation or other gift to an alumnus of Harvard or Radcliffe.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning, light soiling, and edge wear.
Shannon, Al. "Re: Map of Harvard and Radcliffe." E-mail. 27 January 2016.