Douglas Yorke Collection


This extensive collection of twentieth-century U.S. road maps and books was donated in 2002.

Douglas A. Yorke, Jr., is an architectural historian especially interested in the history of the gas station in the USA. Some of the best surviving images of early gas stations are on the cover art of the early road maps, which set him to collecting them. He published the results in Hitting the Road: The Art of the American Road Map (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1996), co-written with John Margolis and Eric Baker.