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Wealth, Household Expenditure, and Consumer Goods in Preindustrial England and America, 1550-1800

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data, and aggregate data
Creator
  • Shammas, Carole
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1990-12-04
Language
English
Free Keywords
consumer assets; consumption; diet; durable goods; eighteenth century; historical data; households; inheritance; nineteenth century; seventeenth century; sixteenth century; taxes; wealth
Description
  • Abstract

    These data explore changes in English and American consumption between 1550 and 1800. The probate inventories (Parts 1-11) include information about personal wealth, household production, and the possession of consumer durables and semi-durables. The household survey for England circa 1790 (Part 12) contains dietary information as well as information about other household expenditures. The wills from England and America (Part 13) are a source for learning about the kinds of goods people obtained from their families through inheritance. Finally, information pertaining to the distribution network in eighteenth century England is contained in the aggregate county-level data on the shop and peddler's tax (Part 13).
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Probate Inventories: Oxfordshire, England, 1550-1590
    • DS2: Probate Inventories: Worcestershire, England, 1669-1670
    • DS3: Probate Inventories: Worcestershire, England, 1720-1721
    • DS4: Probate Inventories: London East End, 1661-1664
    • DS5: Probate Inventories: London East End, 1720-1729
    • DS6: Probate Inventories: Essex Country, Massachusetts, 1660-April 1673
    • DS7: Probate Inventories: Rural Massachusetts, 1700-1749
    • DS8: Probate Inventories: Massachusetts, 1774
    • DS9: Probate Inventories: Tidewater Virginia, 1660-1677
    • DS10: Probate Inventories: Tidewater Virginia, 1724-1729
    • DS11: Probate Inventories: Maryland and Virginia, 1774
    • DS12: Household Budgets of English Labourers, 1780s-1790s
    • DS13: Worcestershire, London, and Virginia Wills, 1660-1729
    • DS14: English Shop Tax, Peddler's Tax, and Market Town Data, 1690s and late 18th Century
Temporal Coverage
  • 1550 / 1800
    Time period: 1550--1800
  • 1975 / 1987
    Collection date: 1975--1987
Geographic Coverage
  • England
  • United States
  • Global
Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
Availability
Delivery
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 (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9404 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09404.v1
Publications
  • Shammas, Carole. The Pre-industrial Consumer in England and America. New York: Oxford University Press. 1990.

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

Shammas, Carole (1990): Wealth, Household Expenditure, and Consumer Goods in Preindustrial England and America, 1550-1800. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09404