MEAD is sponsored by the McNeil Center of Early American Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Please click on the titles of the datasets below for full bibliographic information, files in original and .csv format, codebook, and more.
If you would like to submit data, please click the "Submit Research" button to the left for specific instructions related to MEAD.
Please submit your data! Although clean data is nice, better to submit messy data than no data at all. Messy files can be replaced with cleaner ones in the future. Messy data mounted on MEAD is preserved; messy data waiting forever to be cleaned will be lost. OpenRefine is a free, easy tool to use to clean data (tutorial here).
For more about this project, read the feature on it on Common-Place.org.
Questions? please contact Billy G. Smith (bgs at montana dot edu) or Andrew M. Schocket (aschock at bgsu dot edu).
The MEAD-iators who brought you this resource:
Mitch Fraas, Digital Research Services, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Nicholas Okrent, Research and Instructional Services, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Andrew M. Schocket, Department of History and American Culture Studies Program, Bowling Green State University
Billy W. Smith, Department of History, Philosophy, and Literary Studies, Montana State University
Sarah Wipperman, Repository Services, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Datasets from 2017
Fair Hill Burial Ground Interments, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Philadelphia African American Census 1847, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Datasets from 2016
19th Century American Children's Book Trade Directory, American Antiquarian Society
Mathew Carey Papers Names Index Database, American Antiquarian Society
Outgoing Post, 1748-1752, Philadelphia Post Office Records, American Philosophical Society, Cynthia Heider, Bayard Miller, and Scott Ziegler
George Washington's Shipping Invoices from London Factors 1754-1772, Wendy E. Lucas 4505624 and Noel D. Campbell
Williamsburg Brickmaker Humphrey Harwood's Ledger (1773-1793), Wendy E. Lucas 4505624 and Noel D. Campbell
York County Probate Records 1700-1800, Wendy E. Lucas 4505624 and Noel D. Campbell
Passengers on the South Carolina Railroad, 1834-1857, Aaron Marrs
Eastern State Penitentiary Admission Book A, Scott Ziegler and Michelle Ziogas
Eastern State Penitentiary Admission Book B, Scott Ziegler and Michelle Ziogas
Datasets from 2015
Pikeland, Pa., Tax List 1783, Thomas J. Humphrey
West and East Caln, Pennsylvania 1798 Direct Tax, Thomas J. Humphrey
Philadelphia Tax List 1756, Gary B. Nash and Billy G. Smith
US Corporate Development 1790-1860, Robert E. Wright
Slaves in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Robert E. Wright
Datasets from 2014
Incoming Post, 1748-1752, Philadelphia Post Office Records, American Philosophical Society, Cynthia Heider, Bayard Miller, and Scott Ziegler
Officers of Early Republic Philadelphia Corporations, Andrew M. Schocket
Stockholders in the Bank of Pennsylvania, 1790, Andrew M. Schocket
Philadelphia Census of Almshouse 1807-1810, Billy G. Smith
Datasets from 2012
Philadelphia Black People 1790 Census, Billy G. Smith