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Maps Collection

Collection Details

Maps Collection held at University of Cambridge Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

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.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa.


Archaeology, Geography, History, Travel.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Maps (includes all types of cartographic material).

Total size of collection

1000 map sheets

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

1900 to present

Collection Catalogue Information


There is a handlist of the maps collection giving sheet names, scale, date and a location number which is also available in PDF format on FAMES website.

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