Map of the University of California
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Beautifully designed map of the University of California, extending to the Berkeley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Riverside, La Jolla, Mt. Hamilton and Davis campuses.
“This Map of the University of California sponsored by The California Club in commemoration of the Golden Gate International Exposition 1939”, followed by a list of Extension Division Offices, Branch Seismographic Stations, and Museums.
The Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 was hosted by San Francisco, in honour of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge, the two largest suspension bridges in the world. The main fairground was located on the world’s largest artificial island, Treasure Island. “The visions of a fair surrounded by the glory of the Pacific Ocean had finally materialized. However, this captivating scene took place as Europe verged on the edge of disaster. Germany had already begun its annexation of neighboring countries and threatened to unleash conflict on a global level. In only two short years the United States would be fully involved in this catastrophe. Furthermore, at the time of the fair the United States had just emerged from the Great Depression, which had affected the country in many ways. This fair seemed to provide a brief interlude between these two very difficult times in American history. For this event the U.S. decided to turn attention away from the international climate and focus on the beauty of the Pacific, which ironically is named for peace.” (Anne Burrows, The San Francisco Golden Gate Exhibition 1939-1940, University of Maryland Libraries, 2006).