Auction 169, Lot 205


"MVA in Blueprint",

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1945 (published)

Publication: Sunday News

Color: Printed Color

20.5 x 14.1 inches
52.1 x 35.8 cm

This map, drawn by Edwin Sundberg, covers the 529,000 square mile Missouri River basin and is color-coded to show elevation. A key identifies power plants, the numerous reservoirs operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and Army Corps of Engineers, and future reservoir sites approved by Congress. The proposed Missouri Valley Authority (MVA) was modeled after the successful Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) established in 1933, but it never came to fruition. Instead, water management responsibilities were divided between the Bureau of Reclamation (diverting water for irrigation) and the Corps of Engineers (dam construction and operation). Published in the February 18, 1945 issue of the Sunday News.

The New York Sunday News, or simply the Sunday News, was first published in 1866 by Benjamin Wood. This weekly newspaper ran continuously until the latter part of the 20th century when it was absorbed by New York Daily News, which is currently the 9th largest newspaper in the United States.


Condition: B+

Vivid color with pleasant light toning and several tiny holes in the image along the right border. Minor edge tears are confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $21

Closed on 9/12/2018