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Library exhibition catalog wins award

The catalog for Princeton University Library's exhibition "Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage" has won the 2005 Arline Custer Award of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

The exhibition was coordinated by John Delaney, curator of the historic maps unit of the library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

For 400 years, beginning in the early 1500s, the Northwest Passage challenged the best efforts of explorers to find a shorter route to the Orient. Delaney's 36-page color catalog features full-page copies of 16 maps tracing that history.

Also included are illustrations drawn from the explorers' journals, photographs from a 2003 transit aboard a Russian icebreaker and a large fold-out map from 1907 that illustrates the routes taken by many of the expeditions. An introductory essay by D. Graham Burnett, assistant professor of history, describes some of the unique difficulties confronting Arctic explorers. Marion Carty of Princeton's Department of Printing and Mailing designed the layout.

The exhibition ran from April through September 2004 in Firestone Library's Milberg Gallery. An online version of the exhibition is available on the Library's Web site.

The award honors Arline Custer, former editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, and recognizes the best books, articles and exhibition catalogs published in the Mid-Atlantic states.

Copies of the catalog are available for $10 from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at (609) 258-3184.

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