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How do we make things meaningful? How do we make meaning? I engage in digital humanities work with historical data to explore these questions from the perspective of a public historian.


Here are some projects I've worked on:

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|| DATASETS
It's silly to create a dataset and then keep it to yourself. Everything here is free for the taking with attribution (CC BY-NC 4.0).
'Peace Delegates on NOORDAM [1915]' including Jane Addams Image: 'Peace Delegates on NOORDAM [1915]' Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Volumes once belonging to social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jane Addams arranged by title, author, date, publication information, inscription details, and more. From the collections catalogs of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
Image of Henry Street Settlement House sign Image: Henry Street Settlement House sign via Eden Pictures
Handbook of Settlements (1911)

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Descriptions of over 150 social settlement houses operational in the United States as of 1911. From the Handbook of Settlements, eds. Robert A. Woods and Albert J. Kennedy.
'State House with a View of Chesnut Street Philadelphia' by William Birch Image: 'State House with a View of Chesnut Street Philadelphia' by William Birch via Wikimedia Commons
The Prospect of Philadelphia [city directory] (1795)

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Early city directory of Philadelphia listing addresses, names, and occupations of residents. From The Prospect of Philadelphia, and Check on the Next Directory (parts 1 & 2), by Edmund Hogan.
'Fac simile of Holmes' Map of the Province of Pennsylvania' by Thomas Holme Image: 'Fac simile of Holmes' Map of the Province of Pennsylvania' by Thomas Holme via Digital Commonwealth
Warrantees of Land in the County of Philadelphia, 1733-1866

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Philadelphia County property claimants arranged by purchaser name, date of survey, and acreage, 1733-1800. From the 1898 Provincial Papers: Warrantees of Land in the Several Counties of Philadelphia (volume 1), ed. William Henry Egle.

|| VISUALIZATIONS
Once you've got some data, you can start to analyze it.
Epidemic Influenza in Philadelphia, 1918: One dataset, many stories
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|| MAPS
Mapping certain kinds of data can help to impart spatial understanding.

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|| MISCELLANY
Rough-hewn side projects for the purposes of my own amusement and education.

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