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PW-234776-16

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Sheila Brennan (Project Director: 07/21/2015 to present)

Mapping Early American Elections

The geo-coding of records from 23,607 elections in the United States from 1787 to 1826, compiled for the resource “A New Nation Votes” (NNV), for use with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), along with the production of 84 interactive maps of national and state elections as well as tutorials and contextual essays to facilitate use.

This project builds upon the NEH-funded "A New Nation Votes" (NNV) project, by expanding access to the early American election returns in the form of spatial data, easy-to-understand maps, and tutorials. The team will add to NNV resources by preparing an extended dataset including historical spatial information that will allow the team to map elections returns. We will publish 84 interactive maps of local, state, and national elections, accompanied by quantitative visualizations. Explanatory text alongside the maps will help a wide range of users understand the visual representations of the data, while encouraging users to explore the spatial data to answer their own questions. We will also develop tutorials to teach researchers, journalists, and interested citizens how to map the data for themselves. By inviting researchers to actively participate in tracing the evolution of American democracy, we hope to encourage citizens to become more engaged in local, state and national elections.

Project fields:
Political History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2019