National Geographic : 1995 May
December 18, 1941: Unable to find a small island near Borneo on any White House map, FDR sent an aide five blocks up 16th Street to the National Geo graphic Society's library. The aide found the island-and a few days later Society Pres ident Gilbert H. Grosve nor sent FDR a case of maps mounted window shade style. The case served as a backdrop during a 1942 visit from Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov (above). Throughout the war the Society's library was a key resource for the military (right).