Resources for Students in History and American Studies Who are Engaging in Historical Research
- Temple Libray has an excellent Guide that takes you through a number of resources that will help you find important secondary and primary sources. You can also schedule a research consultation with history’s subject-specialist librarian
- Philadelphia History Overview
- Philadelphia Specific Archival Research
- Philadelphia Directories
- Collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- The City of Philadelphia’s City Archives
- City of Philadelphia’s Photo Archive
- Urban Archives
- Library Company of Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) The Philadelphia Area Archives Research Portal
Tutorials on Digital Projects, Historical Maps, GIS, and Digital History work Today:
- Miriam Posner‘s (Digital Humanities Program Coordinator, UCLA Digital Humanities) “How did they make that?” a blog entry that helps you identify the tools and starting point for most digital projects
- Dale Winling’s (Professor at Virginia Tech) outstanding tutorials at his site Urban Oasis.
- Benjamin Mearns (Lead Geospatial Information Consultant at University of Delaware IT)’s Excellent tutorial on mapwarper, maptiler, etc. (aka making historial maps work for current digital projects
- Larry Milliken (Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drexel University) Tutorials I and II on using Google Fusion Tables to map U.S. Census Data.
- Johanna Druker’s (UCLA, Information Studies) excellent syllabus with tutorials for her Introduction to Digital Humanities
Philadelphia Specific Resources:
Mapping Tools for Historians:
- Hypercities (Built on the idea that every past is a place, HyperCities is a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, and interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces. Developed though collaboration between UCLA and USC.)
- WorldMap ( developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, collaborate with, and publish geospatial information.)
- MapStory (Wikipedia global data commons)
- David Rumsey Map Collection A massive collection of digital images of historical maps
Self-Directed Learning about GIS:
- David DiBiase (Penn State U.)’s excellent introduction courseware on the Nature of Geographic Information
- Other courseware options from Penn State’s GIS certificate program (courseware is free), scroll down for Geography and GIS
Sample Digital Public History projects that use mapping in innovative ways:
Secondary Reading on GIS, Digital Humanities, and Historians:
Patricia Cohen. “Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land,” New York Times, July 26, 2011. (Sample maps are largely dead, pointing to the transitory nature of interactive digital history and its maps).
Evan Cordulack and Peter Bol, “What is the “Spatial Turn”? GIS and the Historian.”
J.B. “Jack” Owens. “What historians want from GIS” ArchNews Online, Summer 2007.