[Libs-Or] Location of Myanmmar/Burma village Ta Pawn Dun?

Emily-Jane Dawson ejd at multco.us
Mon Apr 27 17:39:46 PDT 2020

Dear Tony,
Have you tried looking at topographical maps?  Generally speaking, topos of
small countries that are available in digitized form are those made by
bigger, more well-resourced countries that have had international mapping
projects -- and so they have an outsider/colonial perspective, and
typically they are produced in whatever language is used in their country
of sponsorship.  But, topos could still prove useful for your patron, if
only because they tend to be so very detailed.

Christopher Thiry, the map librarian at the Colorado School of the Mines
library, has created a couple of nice interfaces that link to scanned
topographical maps held by a number of libraries.  He's divided them by
scale -- the index for maps at 1:200,000 to 1:253,440
includes some maps that cover parts of Myanmar/Burma.  The couple that I
looked at are AMS maps, produced by the US military in the mid-late 20th
century.  (The other index is for maps at 1:50,000 to 1:124,000 scale
but it looks like it doesn't include any maps of Myanmar/Burma.)

Another possibility is OldMapsOnline <https://www.oldmapsonline.org/>,
which is a visual index that links to digitized maps from various libraries
and archives around the world.  As you might expect from the name, its
specialty is *old* maps, but depending on the nature of your patron's
inquiry, old maps might be just the ticket.

You could also join the MAPS-L
<https://listserv.uga.edu/archives/maps-l.html> list and pose your
question there!  It's a very friendly list, read by lots of smart map

Good luck!
-- Emily-Jane

*Emily-Jane Dawson*
*Reference Librarian*
Multnomah County Library
Central Library

*my pronouns are: she/her or they/them*

On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 4:08 PM Tony Greiner <tony_greiner at hotmail.com>

> We have a reader who is looking for a map (or a detailed geographic
> explanation) of a village in Myanmar called "Ta Pawn Dun" .  Of course,
> that is an English spelling.  This village is in one of the areas inhabited
> by the Karen ethnicity, which includes, but isn't limited to the provinces
> of Bago and Ayeyarwady (which is not the Irrawady).
> I did find a village named Tapun, and it is on a Google Map.  Tapun and Ta
> Pawn could be pronounced the same, but then again, maybe not.
> Does anybody have access to a super-detailed map of Myanmar (Burma) or
> know of a source that can pin this place down?
> Thanks, Tony Greiner, Portland Community College
> **tony_greiner at hotmail.com**
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