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Digital Harlem

Once home to prolific artists and writers such as Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston, early 20th century Harlem was a rich African American cultural hub. But this site, developed by historians and arts researchers at the University of Sydney, does more than document the characters and events of note during this period, offering instead a glimpse into the lives of ordinary Black New Yorkers living in the Harlem Neighborhood between 1915 and 1930. Using records drawn from newspapers, legal sources, and other archives, this resource uses a map interface to provide a way to explore and visualize Harlem's rich history. Readers can use the search features on the left of the website to create their own maps of people, places, or events, or use the sidebar on the right to explore already created maps on different themes, such as gambling arrests or the life of seventeen-year-old Fuller Long. Tabs at the top of the site provide even more information on how the site can be used and understood to research the rich history of Harlem and its everyday people.
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