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Visualization of historical data in time and space illuminates patterns of movement and transformation in the past. We are experimenting with visualization as a tool to develop new arguments (and new questions) about historical processes and understandings of major historical events. The following thumbnails represent our complete collection of visualizations and publications (indicated with paper symbol icons) produced in the Spatial History Lab, with the newest ones on top.

Some of the visualizations below are finished presentations of the material; others are working drafts that we are using for research purposes but which are already useful for indicating broad trends and potential connections. Published articles, many of them student-led, explore the value of integrating narrative and visual forms of presentation. We invite you to explore the collection and offer your own perspectives about what they do or do not reveal.

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Mapping Mobility in the Budapest Ghetto
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Mapping the Law: The Evolution of Slaughterhouse Space, 1852-1870
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Fire Vulnerability in the Oakland Hills: Linking Emergency and Policy Reponses to the 1991 Tunnel Fire
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Vulnerability in Construction: An Analysis of Home Developments After the Tunnel Fire
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The Africans of the Slave Ships Cezar and Brilhante, 1838-1865
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Conservation for the land or for the species?
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Animal City
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A Decade of Fire in Western Australia
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Chinese Canadian Immigrant Pipeline, 1912-1923
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Chinese Canadian Immigrant Flows, 1912-1923
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Reconstructing Conservation History: A link between ecology and history
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Arrests of Italian Jews, 1943-1945
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The Evolution of the SS Concentration Camp System, 1933-1945
Memórias Póstumas: A Novel and a Network in Five Minutes
Memórias Póstumas: A Novel and a Network in Five Minutes
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Speculative Spaces: Land Speculation and Social Formation in Two California Counties
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The Plays of França Júnior
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Cigarette Citadels Bricolage
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Vulnerability in Production: Road and Housing Networks
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Social Unrest Surrounding Chilean Aquaculture, 2000-2010
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Water Vulnerability in the Oakland Hills: Oakland Firestorm, 1991
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Vulnerability in Production: A case study of the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, California
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The Demic Atlas Project: A Non-State-Based Approach to Mapping Global Economic and Social Development
Railroaded
Railroaded
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Transcontinental Railroad Development, 1879-1893
Principal Commodities and Eastbound Through Freight
Principal Commodities and Eastbound Through Freight
Local and Through Freight by Rail to San Francisco, 1875-1891
Local and Through Freight by Rail to San Francisco, 1875-1891
Extent of Digitized Rail
Extent of Digitized Rail
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A Data Model for Spatial History
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Machado de Assis: Memórias Póstumas
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Colorado Railroad Accidents, July 1884 - June 1885
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Neoliberalism, Civic Participation and the Salmon Industry in Southern Chile
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When the Loss of a Finger is Considered a “Minor” Injury
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Building the New Order: 1938-1945
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Chasing an End to Perpetual Deforestation
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Land Speculation in Fresno County: 1860-1891
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From Salt Ponds to Refuge in San Francisco Bay
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Prostitution in Philadelphia: Arrests 1912-1918
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Per Capita Income in the United States: 1880-1910
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Population Density in the United States from 1790 to 2000
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Union Pacific Shipping from Nebraska: Forwarded/Received
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Union Pacific Shipping from Nebraska: East/West
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Exports from Colorado by Station in 1885
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Trail of Blood
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Distributions of Occupations, 1870
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The Central Pacific and Transcontinental Eleven Step:
How to Run a Transcontinental Railroad
The Expansion of the Western Railroad
The Expansion of the Western Railroad
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The Slave Market in Rio de Janeiro: Movement, Context, and Social Experience
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What is Spatial History?
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Cattle Production in the American West, 1867-1935
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Cattle Production in the American West, 1867-1935
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The Rise in the American Railway Union, 1893-1894
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Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1850: Scale, Time, and Space
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Railroad Repeats: The Alfred A. Hart Photo Project
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Patterns of Change in Railroad Company Board Members, 1872-1894
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Patterns of Change in Railroad Company Board Members, 1872-1894
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Rio de Janeiro Historical Address Locator
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Seeing Space in Terms of Track Length and Cost of Shipping
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Seeing Space in Terms of Track Length and Cost of Shipping
Distribution of Union Pacific Stockholders by City (1869)
Distribution of Union Pacific Stockholders by City (1869)
Distribution of Union Pacific Stockholders by City (1869)
Distribution of Union Pacific Stockholders by City (1869)
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Tracing Railroad Directors, 1872-1894
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Tracing Railroad Directors, 1872-1894
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Western Railroads and Eastern Capital: Regional Networks on Railroad Boards of Directors, 1872-1894
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Botanizing California
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The Struggle for Ownership of the San Francisco Bay Area 1769-1972
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Lawyers in Rio de Janeiro: Movement in the City Center, 1860-1889
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Backend Visualizations
Morgan's Bay Holdings, 1930
Morgan's Bay Holdings, 1930
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Critical Habitat
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Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Early Bay Habitation
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Bay Area Conservation and Development
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California Railroad Commission,
Station Construction Data, 1850-1900
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Rising seas flood a river valley and create San Francisco Bay
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Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Early Bay Habitation, 6000 B.P. to Present: The Emeryville Shellmound
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Tenement Housing in Rio de Janeiro, 1870s-1880s
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Jasper Ridge Bay Checkerspot Butterfly Populations, 1960-1998
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Botanizing California, 1840-2008
Quad Index
Quad Index
San Mateo County Bay Ownership 1877-1927
San Mateo County Bay Ownership 1877-1927
Property Values and Tinker Locations (Rio, c.1870)
Property Values and Tinker Locations (Rio, c.1870)
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Extinctions of Bay Checkerspot Butterfly Populations, 1960-2008
Morgan Oyster Holdings, 1909: Height of Bay Oyster Industry
Morgan Oyster Holdings, 1909: Height of Bay Oyster Industry
The Artisan Heartland and Tinker
The Artisan Heartland and Tinker
Examples of Digitizing Rail from Historic USGS Quads
Examples of Digitizing Rail from Historic USGS Quads
Shell Mounds in San Francisco Bay Area
Shell Mounds in San Francisco Bay Area
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A Spatial Approach to California Botanists
Spatial History