The Kartographisches Institut Bertelsmann

Maps of and for the world

The expansion of the publishing range comes with a high demand for cartographic material for Bertelsmann. Rather than continuing to pay licenses for the acquisition of third-party data, it makes sense to set up its own department. In May 1956, the Kartographisches Institut Bertelsmann (Bertelsmann Cartographic Institute - KIB) takes up its work. Its first products are colored map tables for encyclopedias. These are soon followed by larger atlases such as the “Bertelsmann Hausatlas” of 1960. The KIB develops into an internationally recognized company that also produces products for third-party publishers. For example, Brockhaus, at that time the leader in encyclopedias, commissions the KIB to create the maps for its encyclopedia.