Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Pearl Harbor Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary in Maps

Tomorrow marks 75 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, initiating the U.S. involvement in World War II.  The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) includes a large collection of maps of Pearl Harbor and other important places during the war.

The GRMC includes a large collection of World War II-era Army Map Service maps of strategic cities and other locations around the world that were critical in war planning.  A collection of World War II newspaper maps, World News this Week, are also available in the GRMC.

The map of Pearl Harbor (above, click to enlarge) was published by National Geographic to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the attack and is available for circulation from the GRMC.  The map includes an aerial photograph of Battleship Row and the Navy Yard taken three days after the Japanese attack.  Oil from the sunken and damaged ships can be seen streaming through the harbor.  The map details what happened to each of the battleships on that day, including a description of the 1,100 lives lost on the Arizona.  The verso of the map shows the Pacific Theater of World War II.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  For more information about using cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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