World Beat Music. Made (and composed) by James Plakovic. Published in New York by MusicArt in 1996.
This world map is composed entirely of musical notation. It was created with the intention of viewing the world in musical terms. Specifically, as a symbol and model of harmony, or as the author prefers, ‘common threads.’ The entire composition is scored for 37 instruments and contains a total of 32 measures. The total playing time is approximately 40 seconds.
Wondering what it sounds like? This YouTube video performs the piece.
(detail from map)
The map will be on exhibit in the MSU Map Library starting August 14, 2014.
Donetsk. From Ukraïna, [topohrafichna karta]: 1:200 000. Published in Kiev by ViĭsʹKovo-kartohrafichna Fabryka in 1997.
This detailed map of Donetsk Oblast shows the area where Malaysian flight 17 went down approximately 14:15 Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday July 17th, 2014.
This map will be on display in the MSU Map Library starting Friday July 18th, 2014.
Township map of Michigan, from the latest authorities. Published in New York by Ensign, Bridgman and Fanning in 1857.
Michigan was swarming with settlers in the 1850s, and as the rural population rose counties were organized, split, and reshaped at a fast pace. Settlers were eager to buy maps that reflected the newest information and relied on mapmakers to pay attention to such developments.
This map contains numerous errors in county boundaries. The Tuscola, Huron, and Lapeer County boundaries date from 1845. Charlevoix County had been eliminated in 1853. Leelanau and Manitou Counties had been created, but for some reason rarely appeared on any maps at this time.
Townships were the primary minor civil division in rural Michigan, and important for pinpointing land parcels. Those with enough population to organize a township government are named, while the blank townships are still unorganized.
MSU’s copy of this map is the only known surviving copy in existence. It was purchased with funds from the Tamara Brunnschweiler Geography Library Endowment Fund.
This map will be on exhibit in the MSU Map Library starting Thursday June 26, 2014. Also in the exhibit case is a 1854 Colton map of Michigan (gift of Michael DeGrow). This map was more accurate, though it also doesn’t show Leelanau County.For the full scanned image see MSU Map Library Scanned Maps.
Detail from Township map of Michigan shows the northwest lower peninsula
Bibliography of the printed maps of Michigan, 1804-1880, with a series of over one hundred reproductions of maps constituting an historical atlas of the Great lakes and Michigan. Written by Louis C. Karpinski and William Lee Jenks. Published in Lansing, Michigan by the Michigan historical commission in 1931.
Michigan. From Colton’s atlas of America. Published in New York by J. H. Colton & Co. in 1855.
Michigan. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Compiled by Peggy Tuck Sinko and published in New York by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1997.
Чикаго [Chicago]. Compiled by E. M. Kolokoltseva, edited by L. I. Komarov. Published by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1961.
During the Cold War the Soviet Union created detailed maps of other parts of the world, including the United States. The US can hardly complain, though, as the US Army Map Service and its subsequent organizations mapped at the same time plenty of foreign countries themselves. The Soviet maps were highly classified, but began to leak out of Russia shortly after the breakup of the Eastern Bloc.
This map of the Chicago area was not a simple copy of an existing US map with only translated text. While it uses information from freely available US sources, the data were gathered from a variety of sources and re-cast to the particular mapping standards favored by the Soviets for all their mapping projects. This scale was intended for use by ground forces planning combat operations and troop movements.
This map was a generous gift of Dr. Kazuya Fujita. It will be on display in the MSU Map Library starting the week of April 22, 2014.
Detail from map
“Hot geospatial intelligence from a cold war: The Soviet military mapping of towns and cities.” An article published in 2013 in Cartography and Geographic Information Science (volume 40, issue 30), on pages 248-253.
Russian Military Mapping: A guide to using the most comprehensive source of global geospatial intelligence. A book translated from Russian and published in 2005 in Minneapolis by East View Cartographic.
Soviet military mapping. An article by David Watt published in 2005 in Sheetlines: The Newsletter of the Charles Close Society (vol 74), on pages 9-12.
By guest blogger Diana Rivera
Chicana/o Latina/o Studies Subject Specialist, Michigan State University Libraries
The area known as New Mexico was previously part of the Spanish crown and then Mexico where over 140 land grants were issued between 1692 and 1846 (Williams, 104). These grants provided individuals, towns and groups land and water rights for private and communal use primarily along the Rio Grande river basin. After the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, Mexico ceded almost half of its land for $15,000,000 in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty included terms under Article X guaranteeing the protection of property and civil rights of Mexican nationals within the new boundaries of the US. The legal systems and rights in Spanish and Mexican jurisprudence, however, did not translate or transfer well into the Anglo-based courts system. U.S. courts interpreted the Mexican grants as part of Mexico ceded to the US and not as private holdings.
This 1903 map was published 6 years before New Mexico became a state. It shows many of those grants that would be, and have been, contested by heirs and descendants of the original private and communal grantees. Among the largest land grants are the Armendaris (south central), Mora and Maxwell (north eastern) grants and the most notorious is the Tierra Amarilla grant (north central ). Tierra Amarilla was a Mexican government grant for Manuel Martinez and the settlers around Abiquiu that was under attack by original populations such as the Apaches and Navajos. These attacks led to a dwindling population. Reies Lopez Tijerina, a Spanish-Indigenous activist during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s, led a land grant alliance (Alianza Federal de Mercedes) in the raid of the local courthouse. The action was focused on calling attention to corrupt practices and systems that left land grant owners and heirs without land and hopefully recoup some of those lands. He was unsuccessful and jailed for the attack.
This map will be on exhibit in the MSU Map Library beginning the week of March 24, 2014. Click here to see the full map
Detail from map
Territory of New Mexico. From U.S. House. 58th Congress, 2nd Session. H.doc.5/30 (Serial Set 4649) report titled, Annual Reports of the Department of the Interior for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1903. Published in Washington, DC by the Government Printing Office in 1903.
For additional information:
Tijerina, Reies, and Elsa K. Thompson. Reies Tijerina: Leader of the Alianza. North Hollywood, CA: Pacifica Radio Archives, 2000. Sound recording.
Tijerina, Reies, and José A. Gutiérrez. They Called Me "king Tiger": My Struggle for the Land and Our Rights. Houston, Tex: Arte Publico Press, 2000. Print.
Williams, Jerry L. New Mexico in Maps. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1986.
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