Student Projects

Projects made by NYU undergraduates at campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai as part of a guided research seminar, led by Professors Heather Ruth Lee and David Ludden.

Approaches to Messy Digitized Archival Documents

Testing Automated Procedures for Enhancing OCR Legibility of 20th Century Business Licenses


Capturing Quantitative Data on Immigrants: US Census Data and NYC Immigrant Tenements.

Search for data that would allow for quantitative and spatial analysis on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.


From Archive to Data

Optical Character Recognition and data visualization of documents used in New York Restaurant Keepers project.


NY Restaurant Keepers

This project explores the migrant experience in New York through the city’s culinary scene. By the end of the 19th century, a large percentage of the restaurants in the city were owned by foreign-born residents.


Foreign Born Citizens and Tenement Housing in the 18th and 19th Century

This project focuses on the history of New York tenements and sanitation policy. It highlights the impact of tenement growth on recent immigrants to New York City.


Chinese Restaurant Database

The Chinese Restaurant Database is an original database created from the immigration files of Chinese immigrants. It contains granular data on the formation and operation of Chinese restaurants, in combination with the immigration patterns of people involved. This data helps illuminate the resilience and creativity of immigrant responses to legal adversity.VIEW PROJECT

1917 Immigration Act

Exploring the implementation and legacy of the 1917 Immigration Act, also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act.


A-Story-A: Immigrant Communities in Astoria, Queens

The project delves into the history of immigration in Astoria, Queens. Today, Astoria is a unique, prosperous community with immigrant communities from all over the world.


Gaelic Gaming in New York City

Gaelic gaming community in New York City both past and present. Drawing on primary source research of early 20th century newspapers and present day interviews with player, we will compare and contrast the modern experience with the past.