Professor Zadoks gifts historical maps

Published on
September 4, 2012

Before the summer the Library received a gift of over 20 old maps, mainly of areas in North Holland. The donor is Professor Jan Carel Zadoks who worked at Wageningen University from 1961 to 1994, the last fourteen years of which as a professor of ecological phytopathology. For his work as a phytopathologist, Zadoks has recently received a prestigious award: he has been appointed an honorary member of the International Association for Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS).

Special Collections has a lovely collection of polder and water board maps from the 17thand 18thcentury, including maps of the Beemster (1612), Rijnland (1712) and Amstelland (1750). Professor Zadoks’ gift is a valuable addition to the collection. Most of the donated maps are new for the collection. However, a small number already appear in another publication in the collection. For some areas, such as the Haarlemmer Lake, we already have several maps. Regardless of the overlap, these maps are still ‘new’ since they offer different representations of the areas. For cartographic and geographic-historical research, it is interesting to compare as many maps, and versions thereof, as possible. As such, this gift and its overlap with our existing collection actually offers a more complete picture of the Netherlands!

The donation also contains two maps of Wageningen - a nice acquisition in light of the 750th anniversary of the city of Wageningen and the exhibition we’re creating for the occasion.
The donated maps have been described in the catalogue.

(newsletter 5-2012)