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

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Tue Apr 28 10:51:01 PDT 2020

The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at UT Austin is extensive, and they have many maps about Burma/Myanmar. Maybe one of those will help. FYI, they are also collecting maps related to COVID-19.



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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Emily-Jane Dawson
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2020 5:40 PM
To: Tony Greiner <tony_greiner at hotmail.com>
Cc: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Location of Myanmmar/Burma village Ta Pawn Dun?

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<http://csmgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=a1e64a3700b441ebab55d0eec37b54a2> 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<http://csmgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=a78c3bcfabe1497dba55185fb517f5ca>, 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 librarians.

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<mailto:tony_greiner at hotmail.com>> wrote:
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<mailto:tony_greiner at hotmail.com>**
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