Maps, Data, GIS

Drawn to Victory: Aerial photography in World War One

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McMaster map expert, Gord Beck is featured, along with numerous maps from McMaster’s renowned World War One map collection, in the documentary Drawn to Victory airing Sunday Oct. 30 at 9:00 p.m. on CPAC.


Open in Action: Open Access Week at McMaster

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McMaster University Libraries invites you to a series of events scheduled from October 20 to 28. Check the Schedule at a Glance for an overview of the week's activities, or the Full Schedule for more detailed event information.


New and waiting to be discovered!

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Every year, the McMaster libraries add tens of thousands of new books, e-books, journals, and online resources to the collection, spanning the wide range of subject areas that the libraries support.

It can be challenging for faculty and students to keep up as new items flow into the library each day, but there’s a tool built into the Library Catalogue to help everyone do just that.


McMaster’s rare maps provide students with a window into the past

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A new digital exhibit and experiential learning project is using rare maps from the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection to help students better understand the art and craft of mapmaking.


Celebrating the ‘treasures’ in McMaster’s maps collection

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Members of the McMaster community gathered recently for a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of McMaster University Library’s Lloyd Reeds Maps Collection.


Mac's maps help solve Aussie grave mystery

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McMaster's collection of First World War maps has helped put an end to the 84-year-old mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Private William Phillips' remains.

That's how long Phillips, an Australian soldier killed in the final months of the Great War, was buried beneath another man's headstone.

Katie Daubs, a reporter for the Toronto Star, is currently walking the Western Front and wrote about the story here.

An excerpt from the story is below:


First World War trench maps go digital through McMaster project

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By Mark McNeil

A key strategy of First World War trench warfare involved sending pilots in flimsy planes on dangerous missions over European battlefields to take aerial photographs.

The pictures formed the basis of hand-drawn maps, hustled to officers for use as military intelligence and to front-line soldiers so they would know where to aim their artillery.

The information could mean the difference between winning and losing a battle.


Mac maps guide Toronto Star journalists across Western Front

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By Wade Hemsworth

While two journalists from the Toronto Star are walking the Western Front, the man in charge of McMaster’s maps is keeping the team supplied with information that helps them understand exactly what they’re seeing and what it meant 100 years ago, when war gripped the countryside of Belgium and France in a grim and costly stalemate.


See What's New at the Library

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With a new term come new assignments and new research projects. And to the Library come new books, e-books, videos, journals, and many other resources. Want to keep up-to-date on all of these new Library materials? We can help! We’ve added a function to the Library Catalogue to show you the most recently added items across all of our collections.


Second World War maps provide digital treasure for researchers around the world

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A McMaster collection of 2,650 maps from the Second World War, once confined to paper, are now available to the world online.


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