July 12, 2020

Integrating Technology: Story Maps

Story Maps

Story Maps are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps. The story maps are created within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based software platform created by Esri.

Story Maps are chock full of primary sources, including photographs, illustrations, texts, newspaper articles, and even maps.

“I find story maps to be a twenty-first-century tool for a twenty-first-century library,” said Stephanie Stillo of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. “Story maps give us this fun and user-friendly way to mine deeper into our collections through mapping our data and through creative visualization.”

How can you integrate story maps into your curriculum?

Introducing Library of Congress Story Maps! World Revealed: Geography & Maps May 2, 2018

2020 Story Maps
Susie King Taylor Susie King Taylor, by Elizabeth Lindqwister, 2019 Liljenquist Fellow (co-authored by Karen Chittenden and Micah Messenheimer), Prints & Photographs Division. Follow the life of Susie King Taylor, the first African-American Civil War nurse and author of the only Civil War narrative written by a Black woman through the use of objects in the Library of Congress collections. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Homegrown Pride Homegrown Pride, by Edward Wang and Michelle Stefano, American Folklife Center. An interactive map and multimedia exploration of community cultural centers in 1977 Chicago and today. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Field Surveys American Folklife Center: Field Surveys (1977-1998), by Mackenzie Kwok and John Fenn, American Folklife Center. This Story Map explores collections related to a series of field surveys that the American Folklife Center facilitated from 1977 to 1998. These large-scale ethnographic projects produced extensive documentation of traditional culture across the U.S. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
2019 Story Maps
Freedom Freedom, by Guha Shankar, American Folklife Center. Freedom illuminates the modern period of the long black freedom struggle through this presentation of oral narratives and images from the Library of Congress’s unique collections of video recordings, newspapers, and photographs. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Omar Ibn Said Educated and Enslaved: The Journey of Omar Ibn Said, by Benny Seda-Galarza, Office of Communications. This Story Map explores the unique journey of Omar Ibn Said, a 37-year-old Muslim scholar, who wrote the only known extant autobiography written in Arabic in the United States by a slave while in captivity. The memoir challenges the historical slave narrative we know today. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
D-Day Journeys D-Day Journeys, by Samantha Meier and Megan Harris, Veterans History Project. Experience D-Day first-hand by tracing the journeys of four veterans who lived through it, in this Story Map produced by the Veterans History Project to mark the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
2018 Story Maps
Holy Land Photography Holy Land Photography, by Adam Silvia, Prints and Photographs Division. Journey across the Middle East with English photographer Francis Frith. This Story Map includes 19th century photography and written testimony from Sinai and Palestine, a photographically illustrated book by Frith at the Library of Congress. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Camera and Locomotive
Camera and Locomotive, by Micah Messenheimer, Prints and Photographs Division. Explore the parallel histories of photography and the transcontinental railroad. Objects in the Library of Congress collections tell the story of the fascinating interconnections between the two technologies. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Maps That Changed Our World
Maps That Changed Our World, by Julie Stoner, Rodney Hardy, and Craig Bryant, Geography and Map Division. Using the collections of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, this Story Map will explore the changes in world maps throughout the centuries and how as a result, perceptions of the world have shifted. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Treasure Trove of Trials
A Treasure Trove of Trials, by Francisco Macias, Law Library of Congress. This is a story map is centered on a digitized selection of Law Library of Congress piracy trials. This collection is critical for understanding how various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Surveying the South
Surveying the South, by Kristi Finefield, Prints and Photographs Division.
Noted architectural photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston created a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens called the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (CSAS), primarily in the 1930s. This downloadable CSV fileprovides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Incunabula
Incunabula, by Stephanie Stillo, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
This Story Map will explore major themes in fifteenth-century (incunabula) printing, including: the transition from manuscript to print, early hand-printing methods, the invention of typography, and the integration of woodcut illustrations with type. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Behind Barbed Wire
Behind Barbed Wire, by Chris Ehrman and Heather Thomas, Serial and Government Publications Division.
A unique glimpse into the daily lives of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during WWII through the digitized collection of internment camp newspapers at the Library of Congress. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.

 

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