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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
Cartographic Treasures Destroyed “With Fire and Sword”? The Unwritten Story of the Map Collection of the Bavarian Army Library

Participants in the publication
Thomas Horst (Author)
Dep. História e Filosofia das Ciências
CIUHCT - Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
This paper deals with the unwritten story of one of the largest collections of early-modern military maps in pre-war Germany, its later dispersion to different institutions, as well as the attempts to reconstruct this cimelia or treasured library of the former Bavarian Army, founded at the beginning of the nineteenth century. During World War II most of the maps of the Wehrkreisbücherei VII were stored in several locations outside of Munich, and survived destruction. After 76 years we can reconstruct the unwritten odyssey of this important map collection.\nOne part was integrated into the Bavarian State Library, where some valuable manuscript maps were recently cataloged.\nThe largest section was taken by American soldiers to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., where it was stored\nfor more than a decade. This cache was restored to Germany in 1962, when a political dispute arose between the German State and the Free State of Bavaria that was not settled until 1968. This collection became part of the Wehrbereichsbibliothek VI, located since 1978 at Munich’s Bundeswehr University. Unfortunately, due to political decisions in 1984, this section was relocated to a provincial museum.

Date of Submisson/Request
2021-02-12
Date of Acceptance
2021-05-06
Date of Publication
2020

Institution
FACULDADE DE CIÊNCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Where published
Journal of Map & Geography Libraries

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 1542-0353

Publisher
Informa UK Limited

Volume
16
Number
2

Number of pages
30
Starting page
110
Last page
139

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.1080/15420353.2021.1927932
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15420353.2021.1927932

Keywords
map collections - history provenance Bayerische Armeebibliothek Wehrkreisbücherei VII Library of Congress Bayerische Staatsbibliothek


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APA
Thomas Horst, (2020). Cartographic Treasures Destroyed “With Fire and Sword”? The Unwritten Story of the Map Collection of the Bavarian Army Library. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, 16, 110-139. ISSN 1542-0353. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15420353.2021.1927932

IEEE
Thomas Horst, "Cartographic Treasures Destroyed “With Fire and Sword”? The Unwritten Story of the Map Collection of the Bavarian Army Library" in Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, vol. 16, pp. 110-139, 2020. 10.1080/15420353.2021.1927932

BIBTEX
@article{52091, author = {Thomas Horst}, title = {Cartographic Treasures Destroyed “With Fire and Sword”? The Unwritten Story of the Map Collection of the Bavarian Army Library}, journal = {Journal of Map & Geography Libraries}, year = 2020, pages = {110-139}, volume = 16 }