Data showing the dramatic demographic transformations in Boston’s neighborhoods between 1880 and 1930 is now available on the Boston Research Map, a joint initiative of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis.
Drawing on a new database developed by Cristina Groeger, a PhD student in history at Harvard, with funding from BARI, the map allows users to visualize ward-level data on ethnicity, race, occupation, and school attendance in 1880, 1900, and 1930. This information can be used to illustrate a variety of different shifts that occurred in Boston over that period, including, but not limited to:
The new maps are available online at http://worldmap.harvard.edu/maps/historical_boston.
The underlying data is available from the BARI data library, which is open to any registered user of the BARI website.
Funding for Groeger’s work was provided in part by a grant to BARI provided by the National Science Foundation.