The Team

John Garrison (Associate Professor of English, Grinnell College)

Ahon Gooptu (Theatre and Dance/English major, Technology Studies concentration, and Vivero Fellow, Grinnell College)

Katherine Walden (Digital Liberal Arts Specialist, Grinnell College)



We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals who helped make this project possible:

Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, a collaboration between Grinnell College and The University of Iowa funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for sponsoring a grant that allowed us to start working on the project during the summer of 2018. The Digital Bridges Symposium, organized from August 8 to 10, was especially helpful in opening up our world to new projects, each with a unique mission. We especially would like to thank the collaboration’s Principal Investigator Erik Simpson (Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Humanities and Professor of English, Grinnell College) for introducing Ahon to digital humanities in ENG 295: “Lighting the Page,” an introductory course on digital literary studies.

The Newberry Library in Chicago, for allowing us to peruse rare maps from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to give us a well-rounded understanding of the field of cartography. We extend special thanks to Jill Gage (Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing and Bibliographer for British Literature and History, The Newberry), for pointing us to especially rich archival materials.

The Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative (DLAC) and the Libraries at Grinnell College for providing access to various software, most importantly ArcMap, without which none of the “mapping” would have been possible. Several individuals were powerfully generous with their time and knowledge. These included Liz Rodrigues (Assistant Professor and Humanities & Digital Scholarship Librarian) for having initial conversations about different mapping software and offering helpful feedback on initial datasets; Christopher Jones (Assistant Professor, Special Collections Librarian and Archivist of the College) for providing access to archived maps in the College’s Special Collection; and Gina Donovan (Instructional Technologist) for assisting with accessibility in the tutorials.

Vivero, a digital scholarship fellows program at Grinnell College, for making it possible for John and Ahon to keep collaborating on the project with Katie’s guidance. The co-leads of Vivero, Carolyn Herbst Lewis (Assistant Professor of History; Department Chair of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies), Liz Rodrigues, and Katie Walden have been immensely supportive in facilitating the needs of our project.

The Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL) at Grinnell College, Xavier Escandell (Associate Professor) and Karla Hall (Administrative Assistant) for helping with administrative issues and exploring possible directions of the project.

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