Sample Project

Map of slavery in US according to 1790 US Census

The Spread of US Slavery, 1790-1860, by Lincoln Mullen

This project is an interactive map of the spread of slavery in the United States from 1790 to 1860.


Sample Datasets

For more datasets, visit the directory of GIS datasets at GIS at Tufts.

Historical Maps


  • ArcGIS StoryMaps: enables users to combine maps with narrative, images, and multimedia content
  • Leaflet: an open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps
  • Map Warper: a free, open-source map warper, georectifier, and image georeferencer
  • Neatline: an Omeka plugin that allows users to tell stories with maps and narration through hand-crafted, interactive spatial and temporal interpretation
  • QGIS: a free, open-source Geographic Information System
  • Social Explorer: Visually explore demographic data

For additional tools, see the tools directory for DataLab at Tufts and the DiRT Directory Geospatial Listing.


GIS at Tufts

Are you at Tufts, and do you have a geospatial humanities project in mind? Make sure to look at the websites for GIS at Tufts and the Data Lab!