The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)

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Filemaker 7 (.fp7), Excel (.xlsx), OpenRefine 2.5 project, compressed (.zip), Codebook and methodology (.pdf)


A large and representative but not exhaustive compilation of the elected and appointed officers of Philadelphia-area business corporations from the 1780s through the 1830s. It includes the officers of banks, insurance companies, turnpike companies, bridge companies, canal companies, river navigation companies, and railroad companies.

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This data was collected from 1998 through 2004 from a variety of sources, including newspapers, Philadelphia city directories, company-published broadsides and published annual reports, and internal company records. These sources were primarily in the collections of (in alphabetical order) the Hagley Museum and Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Creative Commons License

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


The Filemaker file is the original file as compiled, and the Excel file contains the same data. The OpenRefine project file contains transformations made in 2014, and the .csv filed is the file cleaned in 2014.

Additional Files

Codebook.pdf (37 kB)

officers Old.fp7 (904 kB)
Filemaker 7 file

Officers.xlsx (241 kB)
Unrefined Excel file (241 kB)
Open Refine transformations


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Date Posted: 21 October 2014