The collection contains sheet maps of the countries of the Middle East, including Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and the Sudan, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. There are also maps of Mongolia and China and a small number of India and Japan. The maps are mainly topographical but there are also some archaeological and historical maps in the collection.
History and development
The maps have been donated to the library by Faculty members who have been involved in survey or archaeological work. A small number of maps have also been purchased to fill in gaps but the collection has not been developed in any organised way. Maps are mainly post-1930's although there are some sheets dating from the late nineteenth century or early twentieth centuries. There are a number of early maps of Egypt and Iraq in the collection. The collection is not regularly added to but additional sheets are sometimes donated.
Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. Archaeological maps of Egypt. Aden and South Arabia is especially well-represented.
General arrangement and access regulations
The library's collection of maps is stored together in a map chest and map rolls in a room off the main library. There is a handlist giving brief details of each sheet and location number.