Evan Kutzler, History Department
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:30 PM
TCL Mezzanine Conference Room
“Mapping Slavery in Antebellum Columbia with GIS”
Kutzler will discuss his Digital History project on slavery in antebellum Columbia, which uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS software is a useful way to organize multiple layers of data and present them on a single map or a series of thematic maps. This talk will discuss how the website, Slavery at South Carolina College: The Origins of the University of South Carolina, incorporated GIS maps. Kutzler will also consider the opportunities and challenges of using GIS on a city-wide scale. Combining an 1850 map of Columbia, an edited parcel map of the modern city, and the 1850 Federal Slave Schedule provides a new way to look at urban slavery. However, the software and the data create problems that are not easily resolved. Hopefully, this will facilitate a conversation about using maps to organize traditional sources in new ways.