Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Pearl Harbor Map Exhibit at Ball State University Libraries

Pearl Harbor Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is featuring a special maps exhibit to mark the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. National Geographic published a map to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the attack, and the map is being featured in the window of the GRMC on the second floor of Bracken Library.

The GRMC includes many maps about World War II—several actually produced during the war. This particular map (shown above—click to enlarge) includes an aerial photograph of Battleship Row and the Navy Yard taken three days after the Japanese attack. Oil from the sunken and damaged ships can be seen streaming through the harbor. The map details what happened to each of the battleships on that day, including a description of the 1,100 lives lost on the Arizona. The verso of the map is a map of the Pacific Theater of World War II.

The Atlas Collection also on the second floor of Bracken Library features many maps about World War II. The Atlas of Weaponry includes this map (above—click to enlarge) showing the wave of bombers that attacked the harbor on December 7, 1941.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer. Atlases from the Atlas Collection circulate for 28 days or longer. For more information on using cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097 or email  

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