The Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)

Document Type

Dataset

File Format

.csv

Abstract

This dataset is a cleaned version of the account book of fur trader Evert Wendell in Albany, NY, transcribed from the original held by the New-York Historical Society. The account book is also available transcribed and translated in a published edition edited by Kees-Jan Waterman and Gunther Michelson. This dataset documents the social connections between 102 Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Mahican people between 1695 and 1726, and has been prepared for network analysis by regularizing the spelling of names and using information from the published version of the account book to match individuals who appear under differently spelled names where possible. Source/Target pairs for network analysis were created for individuals with documented interactions with one another, such as people who bought gifts for another person, people who vouched for the credit of another person, or people who traveled together. The network is assumed to be undirected. Date information for edge creation is not included in the dataset but is available in the published version of the account book. Individuals are identified by gender and nation where possible. Individuals in the edge sheet are identified by ID number listed in the nodes sheet.

Time Period: Start Date of Data Collection

2012

Time Period: End Date of Data Collection

2014

Time Period: Start Date of Data Coverage

1695

Time Period: End Date of Data Coverage

1726

Date of this Version

2022

Source(s)

Evert Wendell, “Account Books” (1758 1695), Mss Collection BV Wendell, Evert. New-York Historical Society.

Evert Wendell, Kees-Jan Waterman, and Gunther Michelson, “To Do Justice to Him & Myself”: Evert Wendell’s Account Book of the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York, 1695-1726 (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2008).

Creative Commons License

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

Comments

This dataset was created as part of the research for my article "For Wagrassero's Son," in the Journal of Early American History. I have taken care to minimize mistakes and err on the side of caution in identifying individuals who appear in the dataset under multiple name spellings as the same individual, but I cannot guarantee it is free from human error. In assigning gender to individuals within the network, I have drawn on my own experience as a researcher and documentary evidence where available. The dataset is offered "as is," and researchers are encouraged to consult the original records in the event of uncertainty. If you have feedback, notice errors in the data, or have further questions, please contact me at mkane2@albany.edu.

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wendell_nodes.csv (2 kB)

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Date Posted: 08 June 2022