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Story Maps at the Library of Congress are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps. Preferred browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.

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2021 Story Maps
Aztec Ritual Offering, 1546 Reencuentros, por Maria Guadalupe Partida, Huntington Fellow, Sala Hispánica de Lectura. Un narrador indígena explora los triunfos, la caída y la historia de la civilización azteca. Recursos en las colecciones de la Biblioteca del Congreso, como códices, imágenes y audio mesoamericanos, destacan el ascenso y la caída de los aztecas (this is a Spanish-language version of Stolen: An Indigenous Messenger's Own Account of the Aztec Conquest). This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Store windo on Olvera Street in Los Angeles, California Raíces y Rutas: Roots & Routes of Hispanic Cultural Performances, by Guha Shankar, Thea Austen, Kennedi Johnson, Allina Migoni, and Carolina Restrepo, American Folklife Center. Library collections illustrate the depth and breadth of the expressive culture and artistry of the nation's Hispanic communities. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Farmstead. San Luis Valley, Colorado Tonada del País: The American Folklife Center's Juan B. Rael Collection, by Michelle Stefano, Camille Acosta, and John Fenn, American Folklife Center. This Story Map explores the 1940 music recording trip of scholar Juan B. Rael across the Northern Rio Grande region of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Bell's first telephone 1875 Introducing the Telephone at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, by Gulnar Nagashybayeva, Science, Technology and Business Division. The 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia that celebrated the 100th birthday of the United States delighted the exhibition goers with the latest and brightest inventions reflecting human progress. Alexander Graham Bell's telephone was one of those inventions publicly demonstrated at the exhibition. This is the story of this milestone that forever changed human communication. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Carte physique...de la Suisse, 1855 Piercing the Alps, by David B. Morris, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division. This Story Map provides a history and tour of the Gotthard Railway in Switzerland. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Image by Ricardo Almendariz, 1787 Refranes, by Catalina Gomez, Curator of the PALABRA Archive, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division. The Refranes Story Map celebrates the poetry of the Mexican Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz (1914-1998) and features "Refranes," one of the poems that Paz read during his recording for the Library’s PALABRA Archive in 1961. The presentation intersperses the audio of the poem with the verses in written form in their original Spanish, together with their English translation by the renowned editor, essayist, and translator, Eliot Weinberger. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Havana, Cuba (2010) Poesías e historias del Caribe, by Karla Roig Blay, 2021 Junior Fellow in the Latin American, Caribbean and European Division, and Catalina Gómez, Curator of the PALABRA Archive. The "Poesías e historias del Caribe" Story Map explores five Caribbean women poets in the PALABRA Archive as a way to highlight a historically underrepresented group of authors. The poems selected delve into themes of cultural identity, gender and heritage. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Alan Lomax Collection The American Folklife Center Online, by Michelle Stefano, Allina Migoni, Melanie Zeck, and Stephen Winick, American Folklife Center. American Folklife Center Online helps researchers and educators explore and access the Center's online resources, inspiring ways that they can be integrated into teaching. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Strikers 1941 ¡a la huelga todos!, by Tania M. Ríos Marrero, 2021 Junior Fellow in the Science, Technology and Business Division. A brief history of the 1942 sugar industry strike in Puerto Rico drawing connections between aspects of land use, food production and social movement at the edges of the industrial and modern era. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Literature de Cordel Self-Publishing from Brazil's Margins, by Sara Kittleson and Liam J. Sims, 2021 Junior Fellows, and Giselle M. Avilés, Hispanic Division. This Story Map highlights and contextualizes the Library of Congress' collections of literatura de cordel, a form of popular poetry from the Northeast of Brazil. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
National Book Festival Around the World in National Book Festival Books, by Morgan Gibbs, 2021 Junior Fellow, Signature Programs Office, and Anne Holmes, Literary Initiatives Office. Inspired by the 2021 National Book Festival’s theme of “Open a Book, Open the World,” this Story Map is designed to bring you on a journey across the globe through a selection of the 2012-2021 National Book Festival’s featured books. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Handbook of Latin American Studies image Handbook of Latin American Studies, by Giselle M. Avilés, Hispanic Division. This Story Map invites you to discover the history behind the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) at the Library of Congress. Through the years hundreds of scholars have provided a remarkable service to the field of Latin American Studies. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Idaho farm (2005) History of the United States Farm Bill, by Sidonie Devarenne and Bailey DeSimone, Law Library of Congress. A summary and history of the United States Farm Bill, and its importance to the agricultural industry. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Jefferson Building dome Connecting Thought and Action, by Michael Steffen, Giselle M. Avilés, and Leslie Hoag, the John W. Kluge Center. The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress hosts top scholars from around the world and gives them the opportunity to use the Library’s rich resources to inform their research and share their findings with Congress and the general public. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Mother Goose Market, Hazard, KY Roadside America, by Chris Masciangelo, Prints and Photographs Division. This story map features images from the John Margolies Collection at the Library of Congress, a collection of over 11,000 photographs documenting commercial structures along main streets, byways, and highways throughout the USA in the 20th century. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Pearl Harbor, December 8th, 1941 Through the Enemy’s Eyes, by Ryan Moore, Geography and Map Division. The attack on Pearl Harbor was mapped by Japanese aviator Mitsuo Fuchida following the December 7, 1941 raid. Learn how Fuchida created the map, explore its details, and see photographs, maps, and documents from the "day that will live in infamy." This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Group of American Indians, c.1908 Historical Monuments of the First Peoples, by Caitlinn Grimm and Bailey DeSimone, Law Library of Congress. A brief history of the First Peoples of the United States told through important historical landmarks. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
View of Fuji The Colorful World of Ukiyo-e, by Gwenanne Edwards and Chloe Joyner, Conservation Division. This story map explores the use of color in Japanese woodblock prints through their history and legacy, the collaborative system of color printmaking, and the sources for the dyes and pigments. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
New map of the United States and Mexico, 1847 American Parable: John C. Frémont and the Growth of the United States, by AJ Aiséirithe, Researcher and Reference Services Division. This Story Map uses Library of Congress collections across a wide variety of formats to trace 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 country on which he left his mark. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Cândido Portinari mural If These Walls Could Talk, by Giselle M. Avilés, Hispanic Division. This Story Map 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. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
2020 Story Maps
Coleman Sellers, 1862 The 19th-Century Roots of Instagram, by Adrienne Lundgren, Conservation Division. This Story Map highlights the similarities between the 19th-century Amateur Photographic Exchange Club (1861-1863) and contemporary social networking platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Family in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, 1942 On Language and Colony, by Bianca Napoleoni, Hispanic Division. This story will take the viewer through the historical path of the island of Puerto Rico since its colonization in 1493 and consequent linguistic changes. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Photo attributed to Collins Brothers (1840-1860) Portraits of Brotherly Love, by Rachel Wetzel, Conservation Division. This Story Map highlights the development of photographic portraiture and the growth of the daguerreotype studio in Philadelphia between 1840-1849. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Lafayette Theater, 1936 The Play That Electrified Harlem, by Paul Allen Sommerfeld, Music Division. This Story Map 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. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Living Nations map Living Nations, Living Words, by Joy Harjo, 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Explore this interactive introduction to Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s signature project, which features 47 contemporary Native Nations poets and their work. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
2020 Literacy Awards 2020 Literacy Award Winners & Best Practice Honorees, by Ricardo E. Gracia Figueroa, Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement. This Story Map highlights organizations’ unique stories, progress and achievements. It also explores a variety of literacy programs and various approaches used to promote literacy throughout the world. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
City of Washington DC 1869 The City of Washington: From the Serial Set, by Elina Lee, Law Library of Congress. This Story Map covers a short introduction of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and original resources of Washington D.C., including unique pictures, plans, maps, bills, illustrations, and more. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
City Sketches and the Census , by Bailey DeSimone, Law Library of Congress. This Story Map provides an interactive look at several of the city profiles documented in the United States 1880 Census, as published in the United States Congressional Serial Set. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Aztec Ritual Offering, 1546 Stolen: An Indigenous Messenger's Own Account of the Aztec Conquest, by Maria Guadalupe Partida, 2020 Junior Fellow, Hispanic Division. An indigenous narrator explores the triumphs, downfall, and history of the Aztec civilization. Collection items from the Library of Congress such as Mesoamerican codices, images, and audio highlight the rise and fall of the Aztecs. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Central Railroad, Guatemala Traveling Words and Sounds, by Giselle M. Avilés, Hispanic Division. The PALABRA Archive from the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress is a collection of audio recordings of writers representing 32 countries and includes readings in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Aymara, Náhuatl, Creole, among other languages. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Prickly Pear Blood, by Mary Elizabeth Haude, Conservation Division. Explore the development of cochineal, the Mesoamerican red colorant that resembled the juice of red prickly pears. Library of Congress collections will show cochineal cultivation, colorant preparation, and use on Mesoamerican manuscripts. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Rampaging Invisible Killer Stalks the Entire Country!, by Ashley Cuffia, Science, Technology and Business Division. From 1918 to 1919, an invisible murder swept the world killing between 20 and 50 million people. The United States was not spared this fate. The Influenza pandemic of 1918 spared no one across the United States, this is its story. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Perilous Proceedings, by David Gibson, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. In the first five years of the 20th century, one film company focused their cameras on the skies, and skyscrapers, of New York City, capturing the spirit of industrialization and ingenuity, as well as the dangers, that flourished during this period. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Chicago Blues and Jazz, by Michelle Stefano, American Folklife Center. The Chicago Blues and Jazz Story Map is based on documentation of African American blues and jazz musicians, singers, and venues, as represented in the American Folklife Center's online Chicago Ethnic Arts Project Collection. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Off The Bench Off the Bench, by Hanna Soltys, Prints & Photographs Division. Baseball Cards from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection presents a Library of Congress treasure -- 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
History of Pride image The History of Pride, by Meg Metcalf, Researcher and Reference Services Division. This story map provides a historical overview of annual LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations and the connections to Library of Congress collections. There is no CSV File to accompany this Story Map.
Persia Arabia & c (1855) The Great Game and Afghanistan, by Cynthia Smith, Geography and Map Division. This story map 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. There is no CSV file associated with this Story Map.
Image of the Adams Building "A Handsome Box": The Adams Building, by Natalie Burclaff, Science, Technology and Business Division. The John Adams Building, originally called the Annex, opened in 1939 to accommodate the ever growing Library of Congress collection. Explore the construction, architecture, and history of library services through photos and documents. There is no CSV file to accompany this Story Map.
Susie King Taylor Susie King Taylor, by Elizabeth Lindqwister, 2019 Liljenquist Fellow (co-authored by Karen Chittenden and Micah Messenheimer), Prints & Photographs Division. Follow 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 through the use of objects in the Library of Congress collections. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Field Surveys 1977-98 Homegrown Pride, by Edward Wang and Michelle Stefano, American Folklife Center. An interactive map and multimedia exploration of community cultural centers in 1977 Chicago and today. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Field Surveys 1977-98 American Folklife Center: Field Surveys (1977-1998), by Mackenzie Kwok and John Fenn, American Folklife Center. This Story Map explores collections related to a series of field surveys that the American Folklife Center facilitated from 1977 to 1998. These large-scale ethnographic projects produced extensive documentation of traditional culture across the U.S. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
2019 Story Maps
Freedom Freedom, by Guha Shankar, American Folklife Center. Freedom illuminates the modern period of the long black freedom struggle through this presentation of oral narratives and images from the Library of Congress's unique collections of video recordings, newspapers, and photographs. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Omar Ibn Said Educated and Enslaved: The Journey of Omar Ibn Said, by Benny Seda-Galarza, Office of Communications. This Story Map explores the unique journey of Omar Ibn Said, a 37-year-old Muslim scholar, who wrote the only known extant autobiography written in Arabic in the United States by a slave while in captivity. The memoir challenges the historical slave narrative we know today. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
D-Day Journeys D-Day Journeys, by Samantha Meier and Megan Harris, Veterans History Project. Experience D-Day first-hand by tracing the journeys of four veterans who lived through it, in this Story Map produced by the Veterans History Project to mark the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
2018 Story Maps
Holy Land Photography Holy Land Photography, by Adam Silvia, Prints and Photographs Division. Journey across the Middle East with English photographer Francis Frith. This Story Map includes 19th century photography and written testimony from Sinai and Palestine, a photographically illustrated book by Frith at the Library of Congress. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Camera and Locomotive Camera and Locomotive, by Micah Messenheimer, Prints and Photographs Division. Explore the parallel histories of photography and the transcontinental railroad. Objects in the Library of Congress collections tell the story of the fascinating interconnections between the two technologies. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Maps That Changed Our World Maps That Changed Our World, by Julie Stoner, Rodney Hardy, and Craig Bryant, Geography and Map Division. Using the collections of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, this Story Map will explore the changes in world maps throughout the centuries and how as a result, perceptions of the world have shifted. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Treasure Trove of Trials A Treasure Trove of Trials, by Francisco Macias, Law Library of Congress. This is a story map is centered on a digitized selection of Law Library of Congress piracy trials. This collection is critical for understanding how various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Surveying the South Surveying the South, by Kristi Finefield, Prints and Photographs Division.
Noted architectural photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston created a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens called the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (CSAS), primarily in the 1930s. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Incunabula Incunabula, by Stephanie Stillo, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
This Story Map will explore major themes in fifteenth-century (incunabula) printing, including: the transition from manuscript to print, early hand-printing methods, the invention of typography, and the integration of woodcut illustrations with type. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.
Behind Barbed Wire Behind Barbed Wire, by Chris Ehrman and Heather Thomas, Serial and Government Publications Division.
A unique glimpse into the daily lives of Japanese-Americans in internment camps during WWII through the digitized collection of internment camp newspapers at the Library of Congress. This downloadable CSV file provides the mapped data in this Story Map.

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