Attending a presentation at the grad center on maps and how the library is providing access to high resolution data on historical maps and translating this material into other kinds of information highly useful to thinking about many questions. Ben Vershbow of the NYPL Labs and Greg Cram, who is the library's associate director of copyright and information policy, talked about a variety of methods and applications the library is using to incorporate the work and interests of the general public towards inputing what we can see of the city now in relation to hundred year old insurance maps.
Pursuing my interest in family history in Palatka and Jacksonville, Florida I have used insurance maps and city directories to precisely locate and identify my ancestors. I adore maps but as they have talked about, a low resolution map is almost worthless.
I am a writer and a professor of English at the City College of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. My books include Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Invisibility Blues (1990), Black Popular Culture (1992), and Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005). I write cultural criticism frequently and am currently working on a project on creativity and feminism among the women in my family, some of which is posted on the Soul Pictures blog.