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John Evans' map of Sana'a in 1959


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The papers comprise John Evans' final version of his map of Sana'a in two parts, draft versions of the map and related working papers, and one box of aerial photographs.

The map was created by tracing the 1:2,000 street maps, omitting details which appeared later than the 1959 aerial photographs. The aerial photographs were viewed stereoscopically. The tracing sheets were photocopied, joined together and reduced to 1:4,000. Watercolour was then applied.


  • Creation: 1959-1994


1.0 Linear metre (4 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Arabic

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 13138/1].

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MSS. 13138/1-4

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13138, 15170


Two maps of Sana'a, Yemen, in 1959 created by John Evans from aerial photography with draft versions of the maps and other working papers, and aerial photographs from 1959 and 1973.

Biographical / Historical

John Martin Evans (b. 1932) worked in Yemen from 1981 to 1989 as the British Survey Advisor to the Yemeni government, liaising closely with Ordnance Survey colleagues. He began work in around 1987 on a map of Sana'a as it was in 1959, using 1959 aerial photography, and finished this work in 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs Barbara Evans in 2018.

Catalogue of John Evans' map of Sana'a in 1959
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom