January 29, 2022

Finding Resources: Story Maps

Last Updated on January 18, 2022

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.”

To learn more, read this blog post from Teaching with the Library of Congress. Using Primary Sources to Explore Historic Events: Library of Congress Story Maps

Field Surveys 1977-98 American Folklife Center: Field Surveys (1977-1998) explores large-scale ethnographic projects related to a series of field surveys that the American Folklife Center facilitated from 1977 to 1998 | CSV file
Chicago Blues and Jazz documents African American blues and jazz musicians, singers, and venues, as represented in the American Folklife Center’s online Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection | CSV file
View of Fuji The Colorful World of Ukiyo-e explores the use of color in Japanese woodblock prints
Image of the Adams Building “A Handsome Box”: The Adams Building explores the construction, architecture, and history of library services
Cândido Portinari mural If These Walls Could Talk recreates the experience of walking into the Hispanic Reading Room where four richly colored and gigantic murals by the Brazilian artist Cândido Portinari document the Good Neighbor Policy at work in the Library of Congress
Living Nations map Living Nations, Living Words features 47 contemporary Native Nations poets and their work | CSV file
Off The Bench Off the Bench presents a Library of Congress treasure of early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914 | CSV file
Lafayette Theater, 1936 The Play That Electrified Harlem explores a 1936 production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth by the Negro Unit of the Federal Theater Project, one of the most ambitious government-sponsored relief measures in American history | CSV file
Havana, Cuba (2010) Poesías e historias del Caribe explores five Caribbean women poets who delve into themes of cultural identity, gender and heritage | CSV file
Store window on Olvera Street in Los Angeles, California Raíces y Rutas: Roots & Routes of Hispanic Cultural Performances illustrates the depth and breadth of the expressive culture and artistry of the nation’s Hispanic communities | CSV file
Image by Ricardo Almendariz, 1787 Refranes celebrates the poetry of Mexican Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz (1914-1998), interspersing audio with the verses in written form in their original Spanish, together with their English translation
Mother Goose Market, Hazard, KY Roadside America documents commercial structures along main streets, byways, and highways throughout the United States in the 20th century | CSV file
Literature de Cordel Self-Publishing from Brazil’s Margins highlights and contextualizes the Library collections of literatura de cordel, a form of popular poetry from the Northeast of Brazil | CSV file
Farmstead. San Luis Valley, Colorado Tonada del País: The American Folklife Center’s Juan B. Rael Collection explores the 1940 music recording trip of scholar Juan B. Rael across the Northern Rio Grande region of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado | CSV file
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Strikers 1941 ¡a la huelga todos! gives a brief history of the 1942 Puerto Rico sugar industry strike, drawing connections between aspects of land use, food production and social movement
New map of the United States and Mexico, 1847 American Parable: John C. Frémont and the Growth of the United States traces the life of this surveyor and explorer, soldier, politician, and businessman whose ups and downs, heroic deeds and fraught decisions paralleled the rise of the United States
Behind Barbed Wire Behind Barbed Wire provides a glimpse into the daily lives of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during WWII | CSV file | related blog post
D-Day Journeys D-Day Journeys traces the journeys of four veterans who lived through it | CSV file | related blog post
Documenting World War I Documenting World War I informs about each country’s participation in World War I and leads to further legal resources from the Law Library of Congress | CSV file
Omar Ibn Said Educated and Enslaved: The Journey of Omar Ibn Said explores the unique journey of Omar Ibn Said, a 37-year-old Muslim scholar, who wrote the only known extant autobiography of a U.S. enslaved person written in Arabic | CSV file
Freedom Freedom illuminates the modern period of the long black freedom struggle | CSV file
Group of American Indians, c.1908 Historical Monuments of the First Peoples provides a brief history of the First Peoples of the United States told through important historical landmarks | CSV file
Handbook of Latin American Studies image Handbook of Latin American Studies invites you to discover the history behind it | CSV file
History of Pride image The History of Pride an historical overview of annual LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations and the connections to Library of Congress collections
Idaho farm (2005) The History of the United States Farm Bill summarizes the legislation and relays its significance to the agricultural industry
Rampaging Invisible Killer Stalks the Entire Country! presents the story of the Influenza pandemic of 1918
Aztec Ritual Offering, 1546 Reencuentros explora los triunfos, la caída y la historia de la civilización azteca (this is a Spanish-language version of the story map below) | CSV file
Stolen Stories Stolen: An Indigenous Messenger’s Own Account of the Aztec Conquest explores the triumphs, downfall, and history of the Aztec civilization | CSV file
Susie King Taylor Susie King Taylor follows 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 | CSV file
Pearl Harbor, December 8th, 1941 Through the Enemy’s Eyes explores a map created by Japanese aviator Mitsuo Fuchida after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and related primary sources | CSV file
Treasure Trove of Trials A Treasure Trove of Trials relates how various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900 |  CSV file | related blog post
National Book Festival Around the World in National Book Festival Books bring you on a journey across the globe through a selection of the 2012-2021 National Book Festival’s featured books | CSV file
City of Washington DC 1869 The City of Washington: From the Serial Set provides a short introduction of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and original resources of Washington D.C. | CSV file
City Sketches and the Census looks at city profiles documented in the United States 1880 Census | CSV file
How Geology Shapes History How Geology Shapes History explores how the physical features of North America influenced the settlement of cities and development of industry and transportation infrastructure in the eastern United States | CSV file
Persia Arabia & c (1855) The Great Game and Afghanistan describes the rivalry between England and Russia as their spheres of influence in Mughal India, Turkestan and Persia moved closer to each other in South-Central Asia until they met in the newly formed nation state of Afghanistan
Holy Land Photography Holy Land Photography journey across the 19th-century Middle East with English photographer Francis Frith | CSV file
Field Surveys 1977-98 Homegrown Pride an interactive map and multimedia exploration of community cultural centers in 1977 Chicago and today | CSV file
Family in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, 1942 On Language and Colony takes the viewer through the historical path of the island of Puerto Rico since its colonization in 1493 and consequent linguistic changes
Surveying the South Surveying the South relates the systematic record of early American buildings and gardens, primarily in the 1930s called the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (CSAS) | CSV file | related blog post
Coleman Sellers, 1862 The 19th-Century Roots of Instagram highlights the similarities between the 19th-century Amateur Photographic Exchange Club (1861-1863) and contemporary social networking platforms such as Instagram and Facebook | CSV file of mapped data
Camera and Locomotive Camera and Locomotive tells the story of the fascinating interconnections between the the parallel histories of photography and the transcontinental railroad | CSV file
Incunabula Incunabula explores major themes in fifteenth-century (incunabula) printing | CSV file | related blog post
Bell's first telephone 1875 Introducing the Telephone at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition celebrates this milestone that forever changed human communication
Maps That Changed Our World Maps That Changed Our World explores the changes in world maps throughout the centuries and how as a result, perceptions of the world have shifted | CSV file | related blog post
Carte physique...de la Suisse, 1855 Piercing the Alps provides a history and tour of the Gotthard Railway in Switzerland | CSV file
Perilous Proceedings skyscrapers of New York City 1900-1905
Photo attributed to Collins Brothers (1840-1860) Portraits of Brotherly Love highlights the development of photographic portraiture and the growth of the daguerreotype studio in Philadelphia between 1840-1849| CSV file
Prickly Pear Blood explores the development of cochineal, the Mesoamerican red colorant that resembled the juice of red prickly pears
Central Railroad, Guatemala Traveling Words and Sounds a collection of audio recordings of writers representing 32 countries and includes readings in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Aymara, Náhuatl, Creole, among other languages | CSV file
2020 Literacy Awards 2020 Literacy Award Winners & Best Practice Honorees highlights organizations’ unique stories, progress and achievements and explores literacy programs and approaches to promote literacy throughout the world | CSV file
Alan Lomax Collection The American Folklife Center Online helps researchers and educators explore its online resources, inspiring ways that they can be integrated into teaching | CSV file
Jefferson Building dome Connecting Thought and Action presents the John W. Kluge Center and some of its scholars from around the world | CSV file

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