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Electoral and Demographic Data, 1848-1876: Massachusetts

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Baum, Dale
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
American Civil War; census data; cities; counties; Democratic Party (USA); election returns; historical data; local elections; nineteenth century; political change; political parties; political history; Republican Party (USA); socioeconomic indicators; state elections; voting behavior; voting patterns
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains electoral and demographic data for Massachusetts counties and cities during 1848-1876. The data for this collection were compiled to study electoral changes in Massachusetts politics during the Civil War period and to link the changes to socioeconomic determinants of support for the Republican and Democratic parties. Specific variables include number of voters for specific years and demographic information such as number of males and females and number of males employed in certain trades. Electoral data consists of election results.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1848 / 1876
    Time period: 1848--1876
  • 1974 / 1978
    Collection date: 1974--1978
Geographic Coverage
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Information about all Massachusetts cities and towns from 1848-1876, taken from from election returns, data from Massachusetts state censuses, Massachusetts General Court reports, data from the Archives of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, and data from the Massachusetts Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2009-11-20 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8242 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08242.v1
  • Baum, Dale. The Civil War Party System: The Case of Massachusetts, 1848-1876. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 1984.
  • Baum, Dale. The 'Irish vote' and party politics in Massachusetts, 1860-1876. Civil War History.261, (2), 117-141.1980.
    • ID: 10.1353/cwh.1980.0034 (DOI)
  • Baum, Dale. Know-Nothingism and the Republican majority in Massachusetts. Journal of American History.64, (4), 959-986.1978.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Baum, Dale (1984): Electoral and Demographic Data, 1848-1876: Massachusetts. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.