Maps in the News: Unrest in Ukraine
The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library has a large collection of maps of the Ukraine available for research and learning. Cartographic resources can be an excellent visual resource, and the maps and atlases in the collection include both historic and new maps of Ukraine, its cities and provinces, and maps of the former Soviet Union.
The collection includes cities in Ukraine, including new and historic maps of Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kirovohrad. A unique map of Zakarpattia Oblast and maps of the autonomous region of Crimea published in Russian (inset shown above—top, click to enlarge) are also included in the collection.
Folded tourist and road maps of Ukraine are also available in the GRMC. Some of the maps are published in Hungarian, German, French, Russian, and English and include neighboring republics. The GiziMap of Ukraine features physical relief and tourist areas including Kiev and the Crimean Riviera.
The map above Territory Settlement of Ukrainian People is an ancillary map published by the League of Americans of Ukrainian Descent and the State Organization of Ukrainian Congress Committee of America in 1955 in Chicago. The colorful historic economic, travel, and tourist map of the Ukraine (yellow background above) was published in the 1960’s as part of the Soviet Union and shows some of the industries and travel routes of the republic.
The Atlas Collection also provides great resources for studying the Ukraine and the former Soviet republics. Atlas of Russia and the Independent Republics includes maps about natural features, history, population, and communications networks of Ukraine and the other republics. Ukraine: A Historical Atlas includes maps covering every period of different rulers of the region. Other atlases of the former Soviet Union and regions of Ukraine published in Russian are also available in the Atlas Collection.
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency publishes updated maps of countries, and these new maps can be accessed digitally via the University Libraries’ Digital MediaRepository in the Maps of the World collection. The historic map of the Ukraine (bottom map shown above) is also available in the repository and was published in 1921 in an Indiana atlas.
Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer. Atlases from the Atlas Collection circulate for 28 days or longer.
The complete collection of maps of the former Russian republics has not yet been cataloged, so visit or contact the staff of the GRMC at 765-285-1097 to discover maps not listed in the library CardCat system or for more information about any of these cartographic resources.