The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)

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This dataset was created from a volume of 372 pages that records receipt and dispatch of all mail in the Philadelphia Post Office between May 25, 1748 and July 23, 1752. Deliveries into the Post Office from out of town were listed, letter by letter, by the names of the addressees, weight and amount due, paid or free.

The records were kept during Benjamin Franklin's tenure as Postmaster of Philadelphia.

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This postal book is from: Miscellaneous Benjamin Franklin Collections, American Philosophical Society.

The finding aid can be found here and the digital version of the book can be found here.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


This dataset was created by Temple University Public History student Cynthia Heider with additional assistance provided by Bayard Miller and Scott Ziegler.

The work is submitted "as is." Despite the best efforts of all involved, mistakes often occur during the creation of datasets. Scholars are encouraged to consult the original records, in digital or physical format.


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Date Posted: 30 April 2018