GIS in Humanities 



Intro to ArcGIS for History: Two side by side introductions that begin the exciting road towards GIS expertise. These introductory workshops describe how to use both ArcGIS Catalog and ArcGIS Map in the 10.2.2 version of ArcGIS.


Introduction to ArcGIS Online: This workshop provides information on how to use ArcGIS Online to publish and work with maps and data. 


ArcGIS Pro for History: An introduction to the new GIS software that is ArcGIS Pro. This workshop requires a very basic knowledge of past versions of ArcGIS, but is also very clear and detailed.


Esri Free Tutorials: A long comprehensive list of no charge tutorials provided by ESRI. These range from old to new versions of ArcGIS (can easily be searched using the tools on the left hand side of the page).  These tutorials cover a broad swathe of the many things that ArcGIS can do for you and your research.




Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS):  This site has a subsection for each part of the humanities, and is highly recommended for whatever research project is at hand, whether its Literature, History, or politics, it is easy to find any needed resource.

History Data Service (HDS): This database is primarly concerned with the historic United Kingdom, but offers a wealth of information on this popular historical subject.

David Rumsey Map Collection - This independently run and opporated site offers a vast selection of historical digitized maps and data.




National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS): - This database is more focused on data than maps, but it provides a massive database for whatever national information might be required. Much of America's census data has been put into GIS compatable files and made available for whatever project might require it.

Cornell University Library: A wonderful source for a diverse array of historical United States GIS Data Sources, also contains a New York State specific section if your research calls for it. A great source of county and census information for the entire continental United States.

University of Chicago Library: A huge array of primarily national, but also several international projects. This library's content is based on past projects people have worked on, creating a diverse but inclusive look over anything. From Historical Crime Rates to National Park data, this site has it all.

Association of American Geographers- Historical GIS: This site is similar to the University of Chicago, but nearly all of its data is based in American History, there is still a diverse unique display of data that could provide the different spin you have been looking for in your project.


South Carolina:

NCSU Historic Data and Maps: GIS- This database is mainly for North Carolina, but does have a good section on upstate South Carolina.

South Carolina Maps and Data: University of South Carolina provides both modern and historic maps and data.

South Carolina GIS: Modern services and data sets are provided to give up to date information on crime, utilities, and other data that is necessary for a well functioning state.



Historical GIS: New Ways of Doing History by Kurt Schlichting. Available through Cooper library in a digital format.

  • This brief article outlines the benefits of GIS in history and promising future the two fields have together.


History and GIS: Epistemologies, Considerations and Reflections by Alexander von Lunen. Available at Cooper library in a digital format. ISBN: 9400750080.

  • Follows the branches of historical research that incorporate GIS, and describes other ways in which GIS can be incorporated into historical studies.


A Clemson Creative Inquiry Class, named Bringing Other Clemsons to Light, worked with our GIS team to create a visually appealing presentation based around the history and geography of Clemson University’s campus.  Titled Confessions of Clay, this project used our workshops and expertise to find historical data and develop a web application through ArcGIS Online that can seamlessly display all of the relevant information.  This presentation was put on display at a major conference in Indiana, where those who saw it marveled at both the information that was provided to them and the means by which it had been prepared and presented. 

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