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African American and African Studies: Maps & Statistics

A guide for research in African American and African Studies


 In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience with Historical maps of Africa during the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Afriterra Foundation provides historical maps of Africa

American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) Digital Map Collection contains over 500 maps from the 15th to the 20th century.

Global Poverty Mapping Project, of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). 

Open GeoPortal is a collaboratively developed, open source, federated web application to rapidly discover, preview, and retrieve geospatial data from multiple organizations.  The project is lead by Tufts University along with Harvard and MIT

Massachusetts Historical Society online maps include twenty-four manuscript maps of local towns and counties dating from 1637-1809 and eight iconic printed maps of Massachusetts and Boston.

Perry-Castenada Library Map Collection, University of Texas, Austin contains current and historical maps of Africa.

For local maps, the Boston Redevelopment Authority webpage has maps and aerial photographs.

The World Bank Mapped is a mash-up of Google Maps and World Bank data, a visual look at wealth--and poverty--distribution throughout the world. Business Planet: Mapping the Business Environment is another interactive map and data mash-up providing information about doing business in various regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, or within a specific country. There are over 180 countries listed in this resource. 

Worldmapper: The World as You've Never Seen It has maps showing areas of interest--not country boundaries. Looking for a map showing the distribution of wealth, income, food, housing?

Statistics: local to international

   portal with up to date statistical  from around the world'; you will need to login with MyNEU credentials


More statistical sources:

Boston Redevelopment Authority for City of Boston geographic, development and demographic information.

Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia) provides selected census data from 1790-1970. By state and county. Users may select geographic and demographic variables to create customized tables with sorting features.

U.S. Census Bureau, a resource for U.S. statistics.

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) "informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations." Use the DataFinder to browse for data geographically and by topic.

Social Science Statistics, a subject page compiled by the Social Sciences Librarians on a variety of statistical topics: