Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ostland Atlas Added to University Libraries Digital Media Repository

Ostland Atlas Added to University Libraries Digital Media Repository

The Ostland Atlas from Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections has been added as a collection in the Digital Media Repository. The atlas was published by the Nazis in 1942 and is extremely rare. The atlas was originally acquired for the Ball State University Libraries’ Map Collection by Paul Stout, retired map librarian. Users can access the Repository at and may either browse the collections or search for Ostland Atlas.

The creation of the Ostland Atlas was overseen by the Reich Commissioner for the Occupied Eastern Territories, Alfred Rosenberg, and used in the civil administration of the Eastern territories, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This digital collection features 52 color maps. The maps show the occupied administrative territories, climate and vegetation, population demographics, agricultural status, industry, energy and economic features, traffic and roads, foreign trade in 1938, and the history of the area.

For more information about the atlas or the University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository, please contact the Archives and Special Collections at 765/285-5078 or the Geospatial Resources and Map Collection at 765/285-1097.

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