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HST 346: U.S. Historical Geography (Paradis)

Resources for HST 346: U.S. Historical Geography taught by Tom Paradis (Spring 2021)


Becoming Broad Ripple: Historical Landscape Project

HST 346: U.S. Historical Geography - Research Project

This LibGuide serves to assist students enrolled in HST 346: U.S. Historical Geography taught by Tom Paradis during the Spring 2023 semester. Students will be researching the Indianapolis neighborhood known as Broad Ripple, and this guide provides useful resources and tips for this research (for more details, see the course syllabus and project prospectus).

Resources have been grouped by material type and can be found via the tabs to the left. The majority of the resources included in this LibGuide are available to search and access digitally online; the few physical resources listed can be found at the Butler University Irwin Library, either in the general collection or in Special Collections in Room 345.

The Research Strategies tab provides guidance and tips for researching as well as a description of controlled vocabulary, how to use it, and potential controlled-vocabulary search terms.

Project Description (From Course Syllabus)

HISTORICAL LANDSCAPE PROJECT: Becoming Broad Ripple: Our term project will give you the opportunity to undertake a substantial interpretation of historical human landscapes. You and your assigned group will focus specifically on “unpacking” the curious case of the Broad Ripple village area. This cumulative project will ask you to interpret numerous historical maps that represent phases of Broad Ripple’s development at different points in time. Combined with map interpretation, you will conduct your own “virtual” analysis of the human landscape (built environment) based on knowledge and skills acquired throughout the semester. The outcome of the project will consist of a substantial written “walking tour guide” that takes readers through various neighborhood landscapes of the Broad Ripple area.

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