Maps from the Carleton Archive

On Tuesday, we visited the Carleton Library. Sherri Sunstrum, the Cartographic, Geomatics, Earth Sciences Specialist prepared a display of maps, globes, and books for our class. Students chose a map or book that interested them, and wrote these short object descriptions for our blog. Their task was to interest the general public in visiting the archive through the maps and books they chose to highlight.


All-Worlds Monster Map

By Alex, Connor, and Michael

The All-Worlds Monster Map is a fun map showing different monsters throughout the world. The map shows where these certain monsters are found, according to their myths. People can learn about monsters (Dracula, Bigfoot, Lochness Monster, etc.) and the myths people used to believe. The special part of the map is that it is unique, interesting, and funny. We chose it because it has a sense of humour, the map is interesting, and it’s seen from a different perspective. The All-Worlds Monster Map can be found in the Cartographic/Geomatics/Earth Science collection at Carleton University.


Map of Crimea

By Oliver and Mark

Located in the library of Carleton University is a geological map of Crimea, created by French cartographers in the mid-19th century. Different types of rock formations are designated by 12 distinct colours. Furthermore, large cities as well as small townships are indicated, including details such as churches, monasteries, mosques, etc. By examining the map, one can learn both political and geological facts about the region. In modern times, this region is quite controversial as it recently became Russian territory. We chose this piece for its age and aesthetic. Moreover, one of our group member’s family is from Crimea. This map is found in the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University.


Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping the Modern World

By Sarah and Aaron

Our book is called Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping the Modern World. It is a book with a collection of maps explaining different statistics of things around the world. From this book, people can learn about interesting facts and statistics about different miscellaneous categories. This book is very funny and unique, showing global statistics of things not usually mapped out, such as divorce rate, cyclists per country, amount of WSA surveillance, etc. This book is very eye-opening and insightful. In this modern age, some of the details included are very pertinent to the global society. This book can be found at the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University. Come check it out!

The Age of Pirates

By Annie and Lauren

The map we chose looks antique because of the medieval colours and theme they incorporated into the map. This map classifies under the category “lands of fictional verity” because it has the same structure of all countries to this day.

People can learn about navigation instruments, mythical sea monsters, ships that sailed the seven seas, weapons that pirates used to battle and study the unique cardinal rose!

This map is unique because it includes the history of old villages that might not still exist to this day, and artworks of their journeys and battles.

We chose this map because of all the different features that come together to make this map pop! All viewers, of all ages, should stop and take time to admire this beautiful and vintage piece of art. You can find The Age of Pirates map at the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University.


All-Worlds Monster Map

By Dylan and Henry

The map that we chose – made in the Robinson Projection – represents the origins of many myths around the world overlayed onto Earth’s land mass. From our map, students and the public can learn about myths, where they’re from and what they’re about. This map is special because it marks places by myth, not name. You can find it on the first floor, G3201 E627. We chose this map because it looked visually appealing and because of the fascinating myths.


Stereotype Map of Canada and the U.S.

By Marcos and Maxim

This map was created to represent all the stereotypes for Canada and the United States. They used different stereotypes to represent every province, state, and city. People can learn the stereotypes of all these provinces, states, and cities.

Our map is funny but controversial because of the stereotypes it gives. We decided to choose this map because it’s unique in a lot of ways such as making you laugh. You can find this map at the MacOdrum Library.


New Brainland Map

By Maya, Kate-Lynn, and Ella

This object is a representation of the brain on a printed-out map. The map includes places such as: Rainbow Hills, Attention Lookout, and Memory Mountain, which symbolize the different functions of the brain. This map of the brain can help people learn the unique functions of the brain in a creative way. The New Brainland Map is special because there aren’t many other maps or objects similar to it. This map provides a creative way to remember the different parts of the brain. We chose the New Brainland Map because it was colourful enough to catch our attention and was very different from the other objects. You can find it in the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University.


The Land of Make Believe

By Melissa, McKayla, and Hadissa

All childhood memories, stories, and fairy tales come together in one world on this map. It teaches people to remember the stories and characters that shaped our childhoods. Stories we used to believe, and we shall believe from this day and forever.

This map combines fantasies, stories, fairy tales in one world. The map leads us back to our childhoods and past. We chose this map because it reminds us about all the great stories we would read, bringing back memories. You can find it at MacOdrum Library, at Carleton University.


The World According to America

By Ben, Grant, Luke, and Cooper

This is a wacky and messed up map. It shows all the places on earth, but with stereotypes. This map is different because of its odd representations of countries around the globe. It doesn’t accurately represent cultures or countries. We found the map in the MacOdrum Library and we chose it as it’s different from all the others.

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