Multicopy plasmids containing the hisDG region of Klebsiella pneumoniae were mutagenized with transposon Tn5. The resulting plasmids were examined for their ability to complement hisD and hisG mutations in Escherichia coli. The physical location of Tn5 on each of the hisD::Tn5 and hisG::Tn5 plasmids was determined by restriction endonuclease analysis. By combining the two types of data, a precise correlated physical and genetic map of the K. pneumoniae hisDG region was constructed. Based on this analysis, the minimum sizes of the hisD and the hisG genes were calculated to be 1100 bp and 900 bp, respectively. The hisO(P) region was also identified. The insertional specificity of transposon Tn5 was shown to be very low. One unanticipated result was obtained: Tn5 insertions in the plasmid-borne hisG gene were not polar on hisD.