Rentschler, F. - Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration of Ohio (mapmaker).
Northwest Territory Celebration Commission. 1937.
Color pictographic map, 22 x 16 1/2 inches including decorative border, folding to pamphlet 8 3/4 x 4 inches. Included with booklet, illustrated in black and white, 95 pages, 9 x 6 inches, blue paper wrappers. Light wear and toning to booklet covers, "Property of Dayton Art Institute" stamp to front cover; interior in very good condition. Slight undulation to map along vertical fold line; overall very good clean condition. A most decorative and historically interesting map produced by the Federal Art Project showing the history of what was the Northwest Territory - now the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The map by Fred Rentschler uses small pictographs to highlight Indian tribes, significant places and events. Several inset maps show "How the United States Came into Possession of Northwest Territory" and "How the Northwest Territory became States" and "Thomas Jefferson's Conception." On the map verso "The Ordinance of 1787" is reproduced with some historical notes.
The pamphlets were issued with variant back covers, all listing the members of the United States Commission followed by different information: this copy has a decorative design with boxes for the six states, the state of Ohio with six members listed, Indiana with four states listed, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota with the notation "Legislation in process" and Illinois "Commission authorized." Item #56960