This Day in History: Pearl Harbor Maps from Ball State University Libraries
In 2001 the National Geographic Society published a 60th anniversary map commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor that took place on December 7, 1941. The map, Theater of War in the Pacific Ocean, includes an aerial view of Battleship Row and the Navy Yard (above, click to enlarge) three days after the Japanese raid. Inset maps include the first and second waves of Japanese aircraft and a map of the harbor’s damaged ships (above). The map is available for circulation from the Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC).
The Atlas Collection in Bracken Library also includes cartographic resources depicting events in history. The Historical Atlas of Weaponry by Brenda Ralph Lewis includes over 180 maps and illustrations chronicling the development of weaponry through the ages. The map above from the atlas shows the locations of ships in the harbor, and the atlas describes the Kate bombers used by the Japanese in the attack.
For more information about using cartographic resources for historical research and learning projects, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.