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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Manuscript Maps Collection
Manuscripts Division
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6 boxes and 9.1 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 3-6


Consists of an open collection of manuscript maps. Included is the eastern section of the Mason-Dixon Line drawn by Charles Dixon and Jeremiah Dixon in 1768.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This is an open collection of manuscript maps as well as printed maps with significant manuscript annotations. Included are the original eastern section of the Mason-Dixon Line map drawn by Charles Dixon and Jeremiah Dixon, signed by both; several maps of parts of New Jersey dating from before the American Revolution; a set of eight 18th-century maps of areas around Paris; an 1862 Civil War map of the area around Richmond with annotations by Union aeronaut T. S. C. Lowe describing Confederate earthworks as seen from balloons; an 1852 Dutch map of Crete and surrounding islands; an Italian map (ca. 1730) of part of Corfu; a topographical map of the Latakia area of Syria, with manuscript annotations by General Edmund Allenby; and a mid-19th century keyed map of the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean.


Organized by manuscript map number.

Collection History


Source of original acquisition unclear (AM13937,17071, 17205, 17543, 18045, 19173, 19651, HM1995-11).

Additions of Dutch map of Crete and Italian map of Corfu are a gift of the Program of Hellenic Studies in 2009 (AM2009-124, 2009-125).

Addition of map of "Lands of Yosemite Valley Lumber Company" is a gift of Barry Lawrence Ruderman in 2009 (AM2010-14).

Addition of map of "Island of St. Croix" was transferred from the Graphic Arts Collection in 2012 (AM2012-46).

Purchase, 2018 (AM 2018-114).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in March 2009. Finding aid written by John Delaney in March 2009.

In 2022, restrictions on materials were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Manuscript Maps Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 3-6