Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Native American Heritage Month at Ball State University Libraries

Native American Cartographic Resources Available at Ball State University Libraries

November commemorates Native American Heritage Month. Ball State University Libraries is featuring an exhibit of Native American resources in the lobby of Bracken Library. The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library includes a special exhibit for the month: Peopling of the Americas is a map published by National Geographic in 2000 depicting the history of the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

Another important resource is the Historical Atlas of Native Americans, which is available in the GRMC and from the Atlas Collection in Bracken Library. Published in 2009, the atlas includes over 150 maps, photographs, and other graphics chronicling the history of Native Americans. Many of the maps are related to historical events that happened here in the Midwest. The maps and photograph shown above are just some of the available images from the atlas.

The GRMC includes a large collection of maps related to Native American heritage. For a list of some of the cartographic resources available in University Libraries, please review the GRMC subject guide for Native American history: http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/Libraries/CollectionsAndDept/GISandMaps/MapCollection/ResearchTools/SubjectGuides.aspx

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

For more information, please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 at 765-285-1097.

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