Tuesday, July 22, 2014

John Dillinger Map Available from Ball State University Libraries

Public Enemies: Robberies of the John Dillinger Gang Map

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) created a map about the life of 1930’s gangster John Dillinger in 2009 to correspond with the release of the Johnny Depp movie Public Enemies.  The map and movie are based on a book by Bryan Burrough, Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34.

Dillinger became known as America’s first “Public Enemy Number One” by the newly-formed Federal Bureau of Investigation following robberies across Indiana and the Midwest.  The map shows the location of robberies in bright yellow with other places of interest in gray—like Dillinger’s hometown and the Chicago theater where Dillinger was killed on this day (July 22) 80 years ago in 1934.

The map is available in PDF-format from the Ball State University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar.  Two copies of the map are available for circulation from the GRMC on the second floor of Bracken Library.  (Maps circulate for two weeks or longer).

For more information about this map, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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