Thursday, August 01, 2013

Cartographic Resources Available from Ball State University Libraries

This Day in History:  Anne Frank Cartographic Resources Available from Ball State University Libraries

On August 1, 1944, Anne Frank wrote the last entry in her diary.  The Ball State University Libraries provides resources for studying people and events in world history.  The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) and the Atlas Collection provide thousands of maps, atlases, and other cartographic resources for studying history.  But researchers can also find maps in the Educational Resources Collection located in the basement of Bracken Library.

Hundreds of maps and atlases are included in the Educational Resources Collection.  Maps can also be found in many of the youth books found in the collection.  The map of Amsterdam above (click to enlarge) is from the youth book Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary by Ruud van der Rol.  The map shows the route Anne and her parents traveled to their secret annex.  The photograph above from the same book highlights the location of the annex along the canal.

The second map, A Girl Who Perished:  Anne Frank, marks the journey of Anne in Europe during her life.  This map is from the book Searching for Anne Frank:  Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa by Susan Goldman Rubin.

The final map of the Low Countries above includes an inset of the locations of the Frank house, the annex, and the prison.  This map is from the Historical Atlas of the Holocaust published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum available from the Atlas Collection.

Please visit or contact the GRMC to learn more about all of the cartographic resources available from Ball State University Libraries.  The GRMC is open 7:30 to 4:30 pm through August 10 and then resumes the academic year hours of 8:00 to 5:00 pm.

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