Moving Pictures: Ball State University Libraries’ Map Collections on YouTube
The Ball State University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository (DMR) provides online access to hundreds of digitized primary source materials, including artwork, architectural drawings, films, photographs, oral histories, and maps and atlases. Historic maps and atlases from the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library can be accessed through the repository, and now can be viewed on YouTube.
The University Libraries’ YouTube channel allows users a different format for viewing some of the resources from the Digital Media Repository. The Muncie and Delaware County Historical Maps Collection YouTube video includes historic plat maps of Muncie, maps from historic atlases, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps dating back to the nineteenth century, and historic maps of the White River.
The Digital Media Repository provides access to several map collections: The United States Transportation Maps collection includes historic railroad and road maps. Ball State University Campus Maps show maps of the university dating back to the 1920’s. American Cities Historic Maps features unique maps or urban views from 1855 through 1921. Indiana Natural Resources Maps includes maps showing the locations of stone quarries, pipelines, and natural gas, coal, and petroleum deposits around the state. International Historic Maps is an eclectic collection of maps from around the world, including a War Department map of Cuba published in 1911 and an 1867 map of the Ottoman Empire. Maps of the World is an excellent resource providing the most up-to-date maps of over 200 regional and national maps published by the Central Intelligence Agency. Delaware County Aerial Plat Maps, Indiana Historic County Atlases, United States Soil Maps, and United States Topographic Maps are also available from the Digital Media Repository.
The GRMC is constantly adding resources to the DMR to enhance access to research and learning. For more information about these collections and information about other cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.