American: December 1945
Photo process print, uncolored
Signed in the matrix lower right
17 x 18.25 inches, border
17.75 x 19 inches, overall
Pictorial map of the Princeton University campus in Princeton, New Jersey illustrating college life at that time. The map shows roads through the campus, trees, and buildings, which are drawn in bird’s-eye view perspective. Twenty-two of the buildings and structures are identified in a numbered legend in the lower right corner. Across the top is a large drawing of Nassau Hall, a national landmark building on the campus that dates back to 1756, when it housed the entirety of what was then called the College of New Jersey. The rendering of Nassau Hall is flanked by two men in Colonial dress holding a banner. The remainder of the top, left, and right borders incorporate 16 smaller drawings of campus buildings within oval frames as well as two of a tiger, the Princeton sports teams’ mascot. There are also illustrations of two shields listing names of clubs. The bottom border illustrates the campus gate and fence, with figures of students, athletes, and graduates in mortarboards.
The map is meticulously detailed, both the illustrations and features such as the campus lawns, which are represented by parallel rows of dots. In the upper right corner, within a rectangle, the map title is in block lettering beneath the college seal. Below the title are a distance scale and the map date, December 1945. The map was created by Dorothy Iams, but we have not been able to locate definitive information about her; she was probably a student or professor there at the time. Apparently this is a very rare map; we were not able to locate any other examples or references to it.
Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified with only light remaining toning and wear.