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Tax and Census Records, New York City, 1789-1790 and 1810

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, census/enumeration data, survey data
  • Willis, Edmund P.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • City University of New York-FRAP Award
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
Free Keywords
census data; demographic characteristics; eighteenth century; income distribution; nineteenth century; occupational status; political systems; social classes; tax records; wealth
  • Abstract

    The objective of this data collection was to examine inequalities of wealth and the geographic distribution of wealthy individuals in late 18th- and early 19th-century New York and to investigate wealth in relationship to occupation and location. For this study, the entire set of tax assessment records and United States Census records for New York City were computerized and occupational status was added for all entries. The collection addresses topics such as social class structure, demographic factors, occupational status and geographic distribution, property values and geographic distribution, and the relationship of these factors to the political system. Units of analysis were individual property owners and renters for the tax assessment data and heads of households for the census data. Data collected included the individual's name, address, occupation, sex, and race, the type, quantity, and value of real and personal property, and the type and occupancy of the structure at the address. Occupational data from city directories were used to supplement the tax and census data.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Tax Assessment Data, 1789
    • DS2: United States Census Data, 1790
    • DS3: Tax Assessment Data, 1810
    • DS4: United States Census Data, 1810
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974 / 1977
    Collection date: 1974--1977
Geographic Coverage
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All entries from the Record of Assessment, New York City (1789 and 1810), and the United States Census, New York City (1790 and 1810).
2006-01-18 File CB2863.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): City University of New York-FRAP Award (RF-11035 and RT-23983-76-265). National Endowment for the Humanities.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2863 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Klein, Herbert S., Willis, Edmund P.. The distribution of wealth in late eighteenth-century New York City. Histoire Sociale / Social History.18, (36), 259-283.1985.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Willis, Edmund P. (2000): Tax and Census Records, New York City, 1789-1790 and 1810. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.