The Rare Map Collections

The Mary McDougal Axelson Collection

Ivar Julius Axelson was an economist and teacher who with his wife, Mary McDougal Axelson, moved to Florida, where they opened a land office to sell acreage to the public. Mary McDougal Axelson wrote poems, novels, articles, short stories, and plays, one of which was made into a film.

This collection of 48 maps focusing on Florida was donated in 1974, along with personal papers, correspondence and miscellaneous items. The collection contains surveys of Dade and Monroe counties, maps of the gulf coast and such items as: "Special Road & Bridge District No. 1," Dade County and Cape Sable District, Monroe County, compiled by P. Livingston, 1920; a series of aerial photographic surveys of the Everglades area, Florida, flown by Aero Service Corp. in 1940 for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service; and aerial photo surveys of Monroe County, Florida, flown by Park Aerial Surveys in 1953, also for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.