A Fond Farewell to CURI 2019

This summer took me to so many places, metaphorical and otherwise. After arriving a few weeks late from choir tour, I jumped straight back into thinking about mapping and spent a fair amount of time trying to re-immerse myself in texts that could tell me more about...

CURI 2019: Final Blog Post

Somehow 10 weeks of CURI concludes tomorrow! Time flies when you're in an ongoing battle with WordPress. This summer has been very eye-opening in many ways, but I think I have grown the most in the visual design aspect of the project. One of the unique things about...

Rethinking What Archival Data Has to Offer

After a week in the archives of the Library of Congress and Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, we've arrived back on campus with more data than we were expecting -- a considerably larger amount. Between the two institutions, there were five...

The Pitfalls of Symbolism

Part of this summer project is looking at our data from the January H.T. Burleigh and figuring out what the next steps are in interpreting this data. For an example of a similar mapping exercise, check out this post about my attempts to understand the race of...

The Research Continues: Library of Congress Edition!

Greetings from the same laptop, new location! This weekend we are in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress! Yes you read that correctly! I have been looking forward to this trip for a long time so to finally be here is a somewhat surreal feeling. There are a few...

Racial Census Data Breakthrough

After a week of struggling to find geographic breakdowns of census records for the early 1900s, we did it! Actually Ann Schaenzer did it. Thea and I went to her today to ask if she knew of any good resources, and she pointed us to Social Explorer. Not only does this...

Jumping in to Research!

I’m back at St. Olaf and ready for summer research! After spending a few months away from our H.T. Burleigh maps and progress on the musicalgeography.org website it has been surprisingly comforting to be back at the research routine. I am so impressed by the amount of...