Thursday, August 15, 2013

Egypt Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News:  Egypt

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library includes a large collection of maps of Egypt.  The collection includes hundreds of maps of Egypt today, Egypt as a part of the United Arab Republic from 1958 through 1971, regions, cities, the Suez Canal, nautical charts, topographic maps, and numerous other cartographic resources.

The GRMC has a copy of the Gizi Map 2007 map of Egypt that shows roads and physical topography.  This map is published in English, Arabic, German, and French.  The International Travel Map of Egypt published in 2002 includes inset maps of the Giza pyramids and the inter-city rail service.

The GRMC collection of Egypt topographic maps were published by the Army Map Service and Defense Mapping Agency and are available in three different scales.  The nautical charts published in 2004 detail the areas of Egypt along the coast.  Maps of the ancient civilization of Egypt are also available in the GRMC.

The collection of Egyptian city maps is extensive and includes maps of Cairo dating back to 1920.  The set of Cairo maps also includes a map of Tahrir Square (above, click to enlarge).  A rare map of Luxor from 1933 is also included in the GRMC.  Other city maps available are Alexandria, Damanhur, Damietta (Dumyat), El-Qantarah el-Shargiyya, Ismailia, Minya, Tanta, and Suez.  A map of the Suez Canal is also available in the GRMC. 

Maps of Egypt are also available in the University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository and a map poster (above) created by the GRMC can be accessed from the Cardinal Scholar repository.  All maps in the GRMC may be circulated for two weeks or longer.

The entire collection of maps of Egypt are not cataloged and cannot be accessed using the University Libraries’ CardCat system.  Researchers can visit or contact the GRMC to view the entire collection or contact Melissa Gentry. 

No comments: