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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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2020 Story Maps
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 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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