Friday, October 02, 2009

Wizard of Oz Maps from Ball State University Libraries

Not in Kansas: Wizard of Oz Maps at Ball State University Libraries

The classic movie The Wizard of Oz marks its 70th anniversary this year. High-definition DVD’s and Blu-Rays are being released to commemorate the film’s milestone.

Created by L. Frank Baum in 1900, the first Oz story chronicled the adventures of Dorothy. Subsequent stories filled in the geography of Oz and nearby lands. The Atlas of Fantasy available from the Atlas Collection of Bracken Library includes maps of Oz and its Environs and The Magical Countries Surrounding Oz (shown). The maps of Oz included in the atlas were produced by James E. Haff and Dick Martin.

The Atlas of Fantasy is an atlas made up completely of maps of fictional places. Some of the other locations mapped in the atlas are Treasure Island, the world of Sherlock Holmes, the voyages of Gulliver, Mongo from Flash Gordon, and Pilgrim’s Progress.

The GIS Research and Map Collection also includes maps of other fictional places and maps related to great works of literature. For a complete list of maps and other resources in University Libraries, please review the GRMC Web page subject guide for English and literature at

For more information about the Atlas of Fantasy or any other cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 at 765/285-1097.

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