Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Women's Suffrage Maps from Ball State University Libraries Mark 19th Amendment Anniversary

Mapping Women’s Suffrage on the Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Today, August 18, marks the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The amendment prohibited the state and federal government from denying any citizen the right to vote because of gender, thus giving many women in the United States the right to vote.

Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment on August 18, 2010, and it was subsequently ratified by 12 other states. Mississippi ratified the 19th Amendment on March 22, 1984, after rejecting it in March of 1920.

According to The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World available in Ball State University Libraries’ Atlas Collection and GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC), “Native American women and men who lived on reservations were not granted citizenship, and thus the right to vote, until 1924, four years after other U.S. women.” Also women in Puerto Rico “did not win suffrage until 1929, when it was granted only to ‘literate women.’ They won universal suffrage in 1935.”

The map shown above (click to enlarge) depicts where women were allowed to vote in the United States prior to the 19th Amendment in 1919. The map is from the United States History Atlas available in the GRMC.

The chart shown is from The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World and displays the gap between men’s and women’s suffrage in selected countries around the world.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer. Atlases circulate for 28 days or longer.

For more information about maps, atlases, or other cartographic resources available from University Libraries, please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 765-285-1097.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Back-to-School Resources from Ball State University Libraries' Cardinal Scholar

Back-to-School Resources from the GIS Research & Map Collection

Students and faculty returning to the Ball State University campus will be able to access important classroom resources created by the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) from the University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar institutional repository at Cardinal Scholar allows users to access these invaluable resources from any location with Web availability.

Students and other researchers writing papers or preparing presentations may consider using maps from the GRMC or the Atlas Collection as visual aids to add interest and impact. These collections include maps and other cartographic images that visually depict numerous current issues. The new online guide, Using Maps and Atlases as Resources for Papers, Posters, and Presentations, details how cartographic images can enhance research. The guide can be accessed from Cardinal Scholar at

The State of the World Atlas Images (shown above) is a poster available from the GRMC in Cardinal Scholar that gives examples of the different maps, charts, photographs, and other images available from atlases in the Atlas Collection or the GRMC. This poster was created using a single atlas, The Penguin State of the World Atlas, which is available in the Atlas Collection and the GRMC and displays numerous topics like war, child labor, obesity, smoking, women’s issues, and the environment. This resource can be accessed from Cardinal Scholar at

Faculty, students, and other researchers using maps and atlases can also find information about citing these resources in Cardinal Scholar using the Guide to the Citation of Maps and Atlases. This guide describes the format for citing cartographic resources and provides examples from University Libraries. The guide can be accessed at

Teachers and student teachers headed back to the classroom can find numerous games, posters, lesson plans, map worksheets, cartographic tutorials, and other resources in Cardinal Scholar. These classroom resources were developed for K-12 teachers and can be browsed by choosing “GRMC” as the creator. Larger posters from Cardinal Scholar can be printed on the large-format plotters located in the GRMC on the second floor of Bracken Library. A new online guide for teachers, Guide to Finding Resources for the Classroom Using Ball State University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar, describes many of the available materials and can be accessed at

For more information about using these resources or finding other materials available from Cardinal Scholar, please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday at 765-285-1097.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Academic Year Hours at Ball State University Libraries

New Hours in the GRMC

Summer in the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) officially ends on Monday, August 16. Starting on Monday, the GRMC will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August Map Exhibits in Ball State University Libraries

Italy, India, Indonesia, and Indiana State Fair: August Map Displays at Ball State University Libraries

The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library is displaying two map exhibits in the windows for the month of August. The “Map of the Month” is actually three maps—a map of Italy, a map of India, and a map of Indonesia. These are the settings for the book and movie “Eat, Pray, Love,” which opens tomorrow.

A map of the Indiana State Fairgrounds created by the GRMC is also featured as a separate exhibit. This map will be displayed until the end of the Indiana State Fair on August 22.

For more information about the maps in the GRMC, please call 765-285-1097 Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A Summertime of Fun: GIS at the Indiana State Fair

The Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) will be hosting a tent in the new Boy Scout Camp Area at this year’s Indiana State Fair, which begins Friday, August 6 and runs through August 22. The IGIC booth will be open from 10 am to 10 pm each day.

The IGIC has developed a State Fairgrounds orienteering map that will lead visitors to various points of interest around the fair that include natural, human, and historical sites of interest. As much as possible, completion of the orienteering activity will meet one or more requirements of Scouting rank advancements. Although the focus will be on supporting the Boy Scouts, this activity will be available to all visitors to the Fair. Visitors can also access GIS and IndianaMap data on a touch-screen kiosk located inside the Normandy Barn.

For more information about these activities, please visit the IGIC Web page at For more information about the Indiana State Fair, visit