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Mapping resources & tools
ARCGIS Living Atlas of the World
Maps, apps, and data layers contributed by Esri GIS mapping software partners and users.
Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal
The Geoportal aggregates publicly-available geospatial resources, which are curated by librarians and specialists at twelve universities in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. These resources include GIS datasets, digitized historical maps, and web services, and each item is also accompanied by descriptive metadata along with links to download or view the full resource. They are easily searchable by both text and map and they can also be browsed by place, data type, and subject.
Digital Sanborn Maps for Illinois
Fire insurance maps for most cities and towns in Illinois 1867-1970. Maps contain building footprint, construction materials, building use, and location of windows and doors, as well as street names, factory and business owner names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, and house and block numbers.
"Mapping place and movement throughout music history." includes "American Southern Folk Song Collecting," "Mapping Black Gospel Music," "Mapping Slave Songs of the United States,” "Mapping the Tours of the Fisk Jubilee Singers from 1871 to 1881, "Travels of Josephine Baker and Sidney Bechet,"and, "Jazz Venues."
National Historical Geographic Information System
NHGIS provides population, housing, agricultural, and economic data, along with GIS-compatible boundary files, for geographic units in the United States from 1790 to the present.
Resource of the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) of neighborhoods across the U.S. ADI is a numerical measure of public health that was developed by the Health Resources and Service Administration. Created by the Applied Population Lab at UW-Madison, visitors can view ADI data by census block. ADI figures are based on the 2013 American Community Survey Five Year Estimates.
Sanborn Maps Geo Edition
Sanborn Mapsprovides geo-referenced digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of 12 major metropolitan areas searchable by address and GPS coordinates.
Frederick Douglass in Britain and Ireland
19th century transatlantic abolitionism mapped by Hannah Murray, 2020.
Mapping the 1919 Chicago Race Riot, University of Chicago
On July 27, 1919, Eugene Williams, a Black teenager, crossed an imaginary color line in the water at the 29th Street Beach. White residents threw stones at him to prevent him coming ashore, which resulted in the teenager drowning. His death sparked the largest race riots in Chicago history, a week that caused 38 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The map shows where the deaths and injuries occurred, as well as original newspaper articles and photos from the riots.
Mapping the Blues: A Cultural Geography of the Black Metropolis in the 1960s
Digital Chicago, Lake Forest College, using the photographic archive of Raeburn Flerlage at the Chicago History Museum.
Uses census data and income tax returns to measure Americans' economic mobility over time in any given part of the country, by Harvard University team of researchers and policy analysts.
Racial Disparities in Police Arrests Map
Beth Redbird (NU IPR sociologist) measured racial disparities in data from 1999–2015 (Sept 2020)
Redlining Louisville: Racial Capitalism and Real Estate
By an urban planning graduate student at the University of Louisville.
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Map
940 hate groups across the U.S. (2019)
Featuring: The Green Book
Africa Maps from Herskovits Library
16th - Earth 20th Century Maps of Africa
Digital copies of 113 antique maps and accompanying text dating from the mid 16th to early 20th centuries. Maps are authentic and collected by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (Africana Library) at Northwestern University. The cartouche above is from a beautiful 1635 map by Bleau.