September 17, 2021

Finding Resources: Story Maps

Last Updated on June 23, 2021

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.”

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 look at city profiles documented in the United States 1880 Census | 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
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
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
Jefferson Building dome Connecting Though and Action presents the John W. Kluge Center and some of its scholars from around the world | CSV file

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