Hans Holbein, the younger, Typus Cosmographia Universalis 1532
Cultural Maps is dedicated to the graphical presentation
of non-graphical information -- whatever that turns out to mean. At present, it
has something to do with maps in the ordinary and normal sense of the term; the
immediate goal is to build a digital American Historical Atlas. To the extent
that maps serve as guides not only to the physical terrain but also and
importantly as charts of the mapmaker's mental and cultural terrain, of the
memories and desires, anxieties and assumptions he projects upon any terra
incognita, we have begun building an historical geography of America.
Eventually, this space will come to include graphs, charts, and images, in fact
anything that serves as a concrete and physical representation of abstract ideas
and intangible feelings.