Mapping Historical New York

Authors: S. Wright Kennedy*, Columbia University, Daniel Miller*, Columbia University
Topics: Historical Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: HGIS, Spatial History, Historical Geography, New York City
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Maryland A, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper introduces a new project on mapping and applying spatial analysis to the development of historical communities and landscapes in New York City. Mapping Historical New York City is an interdisciplinary effort to bring together myriad research and archival collections on the city into a central digital hub that serves as a platform for researchers, a pedagogical tool for the classroom, and a bridge between academic and public interests in the communities of New York. The project primarily seeks to analyze and visualize dynamics of immigration and neighborhood change in New York from 1850 to 1920. The paper shares innovative methods for linking and visualizing full-count records from nineteenth and early twentieth-century decennial censuses. The methods center on the development of detailed and accurate historical address locators. Furthermore, the paper examines the challenges of designing infrastructure models for sustainable digital mapping projects across disciplines.

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