The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)

The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)

 
The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD) is an online repository of datasets compiled by historians of early North America. MEAD preserves and makes available these datasets in their original format and as comma-separated-value files (.csv). Each body of data is also accompanied by a codebook.  MEAD provides sweet, intoxicating data for your investigations of early North America and the Atlantic World.

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

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Datasets from 2020

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Almshouse Admissions Philadelhia 1796-1803, Billy G. Smith

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Quit Rent Rolls in Philadelphia County (Penn Family Estates), Due 1688/9, American Philosophical Society, Molly E. Nebiolo, and Cynthia Heider

Datasets from 2019

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1789 TAX LIST OF PHILADELPHIA'S 11 WARDS, Billy G. Smith

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Philadelphia Migrant Landing Reports 1798-1801 Dataset, John M. O'Keefe

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Runaway Slaves advertised in 18th-century Jamaica Newspapers, Billy G. Smith

Datasets from 2018

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BUSINESSES ON THE 1790 CENSUS of Philadelphia, Billy G. Smith

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Manumissions Database, Charleston District, South Carolina (1776-1800), John Marks

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Philadelphia 1754 TAX LIST FOR CHESTNUT, SOUTH, AND MIDDLE WARDS matched with taxpayers on 1756 tax list, Billy G. Smith and Gary B. Nash

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Philadelphia 1772 Tax List (Complete) Matched with 1775 Constables Returns, Billy G. Smith and Gary B. Nash

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Philadelphia Inventories of Estate 1746-1775, Billy G. Smith

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Record of indentures of individuals bound out as apprentices, servants, etc., and of German and other redemptioners, 1771 October 3 - 1773 October 5, American Philosophical Society, Cynthia Heider, and Ben Weinstein

Datasets from 2017

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Fair Hill Burial Ground Interments, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

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Federal Disbursements for Indian Title in the Louisiana Territory, 1804-2012, Robert Lee

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Philadelphia African American Census 1847, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

Datasets from 2016

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19th Century American Children's Book Trade Directory, American Antiquarian Society

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Eastern State Penitentiary Admission Book A, Scott Ziegler and Michelle Ziogas

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Eastern State Penitentiary Admission Book B, Scott Ziegler and Michelle Ziogas

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Freight income on the Atlanta and West Point Railroad, July 1857-June 1858, Aaron Marrs

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Freight income on the Central Railroad of Georgia, 1845-1860, Aaron Marrs

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Freight income on the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad, 1851-1858, Aaron Marrs

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Freight income on the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad, November 1858-October 1859, Aaron Marrs

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Freight income on the Greenville and Columbia Railroad, June 1854-May 1855, Aaron Marrs

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Freight income on the South Carolina Railroad, 1834-1857, Aaron Marrs

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Freight income on the Southwestern Railroad (Georgia), 1851-1860, Aaron Marrs

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Freight income on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, 1852-1854, 1858-1859, Aaron Marrs

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George Washington's Shipping Invoices from London Factors 1754-1772, Wendy E. Lucas 4505624 and Noel D. Campbell

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Mathew Carey Papers Names Index Database, American Antiquarian Society

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Outgoing Post, 1748-1752, Philadelphia Post Office Records, American Philosophical Society, Cynthia Heider, Bayard Miller, and Scott Ziegler

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Passengers on the Greenville and Columbia Railroad, June 1854-May 1855, Aaron Marrs

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Passengers on the South Carolina Railroad, 1834-1857, Aaron Marrs

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Williamsburg Brickmaker Humphrey Harwood's Ledger (1773-1793), Wendy E. Lucas 4505624 and Noel D. Campbell

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York County Probate Records 1700-1800, Wendy E. Lucas 4505624 and Noel D. Campbell

Datasets from 2015

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INDENTURES & Apprentices MADE BY Philadelphia OVERSEERS OF THE POOR, 1751-1799, Billy G. Smith

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Philadelphia Tax List 1756, Gary B. Nash and Billy G. Smith

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Pikeland, Pa., Tax List 1783, Thomas J. Humphrey

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Slaves in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Robert E. Wright

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US Corporate Development 1790-1860, Robert E. Wright

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West and East Caln, Pennsylvania 1798 Direct Tax, Thomas J. Humphrey

Datasets from 2014

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Incoming Post, 1748-1752, Philadelphia Post Office Records, American Philosophical Society, Cynthia Heider, Bayard Miller, and Scott Ziegler

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Officers of Early Republic Philadelphia Corporations, Andrew M. Schocket

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Philadelphia Census of Almshouse 1807-1810, Billy G. Smith

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Stockholders in the Bank of Pennsylvania, 1790, Andrew M. Schocket

Datasets from 2012

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Philadelphia Black People 1790 Census, Billy G. Smith