Geographical Information System (GIS) Buffalo 1900 Project
The Buffalo 1900 Project—Mapping Buffalo's History is an interdisciplinary Geographical Information System based project directed by Dr. Jean Richardson of the History and Social Studies Education Department. Other faculty participants include Dr. Tao Tang and Mary Perrelli from the Geography and Planning Department, Dr. M. Stephen Pendleton of the Economics Department and Dr. Gordon Fraser of the Great Lakes Center.
This prototype is available in PDF format with only 14 categories of which only 5 categories are linked to picture and basic text databases. The final product will be available in ARC IMS which is more interactive and will include more informational text and more categories, such as, schools, hospitals, grocery stores, taverns, theaters, boarding houses, benevolent organizations, etc. Other icons will display demographic data such as population density, ethnicity, household income, property values, etc. and governmental information.
Seed money for the project provided by a generous grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Additional funding provided by Saperston Asset Management, Inc.
Thanks to Mary Bell and Patricia Virgil of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society for supplying pictures; to research assistants Edna Habicht, Shelly Smith Jackson, and GIS assistant Paul Speich. Special thanks to Mary Perrelli for her time and patience and GIS expertise and to Chris Andrle for his research and for developing the PDF files.