Digital Harlem

Check out Digital Harlem, Everyday Life 1915-1930, a project initiated by four historians at the University of Sydney in Australia.  The first thing you’ll notice is that they use Google Maps.  This example  is a bit more complicated that just embedding a Google Map into the host website, since users can set criteria using a drop down menu to choose which sites they wish to see displayed.  

The project combs archives of “everyday life” to represent Harlem during the era 1915-1930.  Some of the archives include the District Attorney’s Closed Case files, the Probation Department case files, a variety of newspapers and other manuscripts from the New York City Public Library’s collections, and files from the W.P.A. Writers Project now housed at the Schomburg Centre for Research and Black Culture.

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