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The Sprawling of Atlanta: Visualizing Metropolitan Area Change, 1940s to Present

The Sprawling of Atlanta is an interactive web map created by Georgia State University Library that invites researchers, students, and the public to visualize the extensive built environment and demographic changes that have occurred throughout our metropolitan region from the 1940s to the present.

The project provides aerial imagery overlays of the five core metropolitan counties – Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Clayton – documenting over eight decades of growth and change in our region.Also included are census tract level population and housing data, providing additional context to these visualizations.A mong the changing patterns revealed are the dramatic growth of the suburbs, decline in agricultural areas, decline and rebuilding of the urban core, and shifting racial and housing patterns. Project led by Joseph Hurley, Data Services and GIS Librarian, and Katheryn L. Nikolich, Ph.D. candidate in History, with assistance from GSU Honors College Student Assistant Carson Kantoris.

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Tracing a History of Atlanta's Public Transit

Atlanta, originally named Terminus, has a profound history which is extensively intertwined with transit. This project visualizes how the city's public transit system, now a shadow of what it once was, falls short of its far-reaching intentions. By highlighting the routes which have been proposed in the development of these systems, this project aims to contribute to larger discussions taking place around the topic of public transit in Atlanta. 

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Unpacking Manuel's Tavern

Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern preserves the organic archive of Atlanta’s political left that has been inscribed on the walls of this local restaurant and bar over the past half century.

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Women Don’t Agonize, Organize

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The story of Atlanta’s women’s organizations embodies the changes in the roles of women in the United States over the past 150 years. The earliest of these groups in Atlanta were born out of the needs of women leaving the domestic sphere for employment and higher education. By the 1960s and 70s, second wave feminism burst onto the scene, fundamentally reshaping Atlanta’s existing women’s organizations, and sparking the creation of new ones that embraced a more diverse perception of women and their needs.  Here, we tell the story of the evolution and growth of women’s organizations in Atlanta utilizing materials from the Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Collection, the Lucy Hargrett Draper U.S. Equal Rights Amendment (1921-1982) Research Collection, and the Archives for Research on Women and Gender.

The exhibit was created by Georgia State University graduate student Alex McGee.

Banner is based on cover illustration for Ms. Magazine, No. 1, 1972