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Auction 198, Lot 110

"Indians of the U.S.A.",

Subject: United States

Period: 1944 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

33.3 x 21 inches
84.6 x 53.3 cm
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This pictorial map by Louise E. Jefferson shows the location of Native American Indian tribes throughout the United States, also noting the historic locations of tribes that have been displaced. The Trail of Tears is shown, and the map is filled with images of Native American figures, dwellings and artifacts. A few notations are included with historical facts. An inset shows Alaska and a superb totem pole. The map border includes the names of important Native American figures throughout history. Published by Friendship Press, the publishing arm of the National Council of Churches. Friendship Press produced a number of maps of various parts of the world that were designed to promote peace and tolerance. This map was created by artist Louise E. Jefferson, who became the first African American to hold a director position at a publishing firm when she was promoted to Artistic Director at Friendship Press in 1942. Jefferson illustrated numerous books for Friendship Press, including several about race, Africa, and African culture, such as Ethel J. Alpenfels Sense & Nonsense about Race (1938).

References: Hornsby (Picturing America) #20; Rumsey #8703.

Condition: B

Issued folding with a couple small fold separations, a few small repaired edge tears at bottom, and several tiny areas of loss along the lower right vertical fold. There are a couple of chips in the blank margins and pinholes in the corners.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $170

Closed on 6/19/2024