While going through the maps in the Indiana University Bloomington collection it has been interesting to see all the stamps and notes written on the maps over time. I have come across many “classified” stamps, as well as stamps from Germany, the CIA and some stamps in Cyrillic. Many of these maps were acquired by IU after the original institution gave away their duplicates. I sometimes wonder why these maps were considered classified in the first place, and for what period of time were these maps considered so important that they were classified material. It’s hard to remember a time when information, and especially geographical information, wasn’t at your fingertips. Now you can just click on any address and google maps will give you directions, you can look at an aerial view of the area and maybe even get a specific street view of the location, no special clearance necessary.

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