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Cyrillic: Collection Highlights

Here are some interesting items within the IUB Library's Cyrillic-language holdings. Exceptions will be given to non-Cyrillic Eastern European materials. Cyrillic is either transliterated into romanized form or replaced by the name used in English. This list is organized in alphabetical order by country.

Belarus - Vitebsk 1932, 1938
Same Area, Different Mapmakers. These 1:50000-scale maps are of the same area (Vitebsk, Belarus, then Belorussia), same layout, and same serial number (N-35-23). The 1932 map was produced by the Administration of Military Topography and the 1938 map was produced by the General Staff of the Russian Command, D68600 Army.
Belarus - Wola 1917, 1928 Same Area, Different Mapmaking Authorities (and Governments)
These 1:84000 maps of what is today Wola, Polesie district in Belarus are of Series XXI-18,19. The 1917 versions were made by the Military Topographical Office and the area was in Grodnensk Province, Russia. The 1928 versions were made by the Military Topography Headquarters and the area was in Poland.

Look for a Reichsmark stamp on one of these maps!
Estonia 1915/1920's Russian and Estonian
These 1:26000-scale maps of areas in and around Estonia (or 'Estliand) were made in 1915 with the Russian Cyrillic names and topography mapped out. However, these maps were produced in the 1920's by two Estonian map organizations (Riigi Trukikod, S. Kartograafia Trukk) with the Estonian names of major cities and borders in D68600. Series numbers include III-4 (Tallinn); IV-3,4; and V-6 (Tartu).
Estonia - Tallinn 1940
A 1940 1:50000-scale map made by the General Staff of the Russian Command of the D68600 Army which shows Tallinn and surrounding area. Series number is O-35-14-D.
Finland 1939, 1940
Could these 1:50000-scale maps have been used during the Russo-Finnish War at that time? Series numbers are P-35-117,118,119,129,132.
Germany - East Prussia - Konigsberg Region late 1930's
This city was the major city of East Prussia; after World War II, it became Kaliningrad. These 1:50,000-scale maps were produced by the General Staff of the D68600 Army in the late 1930's. Their serial number is N-34-51 to N-34-54.
Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia, and Greece 1975
A 4 foot 6 inch by 3 foot 5 inch 1: 1,250,000-scale map made by the Central Headquarters for Geodeism and Cartography for the Council of Ministers of the USSR. It gives a physical description and some economic data. The call number is 660-G A-1975.
Mongolia 1985 Livestock Map
This map shows the administrative units of the country as well as which livestock is raised in which unit.
Poland - Warsaw 1941
These first edition 1941 1:50000-scale maps were made by the General Staff of the D68600 Army. N-34-138-B shows Warsaw itself and its western suburbs. Joining with N-34-139-A (the eastern suburbs across the Vistula River) forms a complete look at this area.
Romania 1938, 1978
While not written in Cyrillic, the maps of 1930's and map of 1960's (present- day) Romania show the changes in its borders and administrative areas. All maps were produced by the Romanian governments of those times.
Russia - Caucasus 1941, 1942 Map Copying?
Identical German and Soviet maps can be found within the L-38-99 to 128. The layout is identical, but the dates are different. For example, the Soviet map of L-38-123 was made in Dec. 1941 while the German one was made Dec. 1942.
Some are very close. L-38-100 has the Soviet map from Nov. 1942 while the German version is from Dec. 1942. Other maps have the Soviet versions from March 1942 and the German versions from September or November 1942.
Russia - Far East; Korea; Manchuria 1933
This 1933 map made by the Japanese Kwangtung Army is a reproduction of a Soviet map of Daln'ne-Vostochi Krai Region of Russia, Korea, and Manchuria (the northeasternmost part of China). Its series number is K-52-57 (jpg scanned image).
Russia - Kamyshin' 1865
This 1865 map is #93 in a series called "Specialized Maps of European Russia" produced by the Military Topographical Office of the General Staff. Its scale is 1:4,200,000. The call number is 671-b 1865. Oldest non-reprint map.
Russia - Kursk 1942 First edition maps of the Kursk Region
These 1:50000-scale maps were produced by the General Staff of the D68600 Army in 1942. Could these maps have aided either sides' moves during this major tank battle?
Russia - Moscow 1739, 1989 "First geographic plan of Moscow" Oldest map
The poster is modern (1989), but underneath the title is a map of Moscow from 1739.
Russia - Rostov-on-the-Don 1941
This 1:10000-scale map of Rostov-on-the-Don (the city) was made by the Central Headquarters of Geodeism and Cartography at the Council of National Commissars of the USSR. It is a first edition map from 1941 and its series number is L-37-32.
Russia - St. Petersburg and Vyborg Regions 1911 Oldest non-reprint map of this area
This 1:126000-scale map shows the harbor and inlet area of St. Petersburg very clearly. Its series number is II-8, but the producer is unknown.
Russia - Stalingrad 1941 & 1942
These first edition 1:100000-scale maps were produced by the General Staff of the D68600 Army in 1941 and 1942. Could these maps have been used in one of World War II's most important battles? Series numbers are M-38-100, 101, 109 (Stalingrad and Rostov Regions), 110, 112, 113 (Top Left ; Top Right ; Bottom Left ; Bottom Right ), 114 (Stalingrad), plus N-38-85 and 127.
Ukraine - 1943 General Staff of the D68600 Army Maps
Many maps fall within this year. They include 1:50,000-scale maps of the Lvov and Stanislav Regions, Ternopol' and Stanislav Regions, Ternopol' Region (Series M-35-85 to 87) as well as 1:25000-scale maps of the Dnepropetrovsk and Poltava Regions (Series M-36-94,105,106,117,130,131) Newest Soviet Army maps
Yugoslavia 1966
This 1:2,100,000-scale map is mainly topographical, but it shows the boundaries of its constitutive republics and major roads. It is a highlight because it is in Serbian, not Serbo-Croatian.


last updated: 5/31/2013