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Height and Weight of West Point Cadets, 1843-1894

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Komlos, John (University of Pittsburgh. Department of History)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Free Keywords
body height; body weight; demographic characteristics; health; military; nineteenth century; nutrition
  • Abstract

    This data collection was designed to ascertain the nutritional status of mid-nineteenth century Americans. These data supply information on cadet's last name, age, height, weight, state of birth, state of appointment, and the date of the physical examination. In addition, family background data, such as whether parents were alive, father's occupation, income of parents, head of household, and urban/rural location of family residence, are provided.
  • 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
  • 1843 / 1894
    Time period: 1843--1894
  • Collection date: 1985
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • The data contain alphabetics.

2010-02-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (2732-HD-07168).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9468 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09468.v1
  • Lang, Stefan, Sunder, Marco. Non-parametric regression with BayesX: A flexible estimation of trends in human physical stature in 19th century America. Economics and Human Biology.1, 77-89.2003.
    • ID: 10.1016/S1570-677X(02)00009-6 (DOI)
  • Woitek, Ulrich. Height cycles in the 18th and 19th centuries. Economics and Human Biology.2, 243-257.2003.
    • ID: 10.1016/S1570-677X(03)00038-8 (DOI)
  • Komlos, John. Shrinking in a growing economy? The mystery of physical stature during the Industrial Revolution. Journal of Economic History.58, (3), 779-802.1998.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0022050700021161 (DOI)
  • Costa, Dora L., Steckel, Richard H.. Long-term trends in health, welfare, and economic growth in the United States. Health and Welfare During Industrialization.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1997.
  • Komlos, John. Anomalies in economic history: Reflections on the 'Antebellum Puzzle'. Journal of Economic History.56, (1), 202-214.1996.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0022050700016089 (DOI)
  • Cuff, Timothy. The Body Mass Index Values of Mid-Ninetheenth Century West Point Cadets: A Theoretical Application of Waller's Curves to a Historical Population. Historical Methods.26, (4), 171-182.1993.
    • ID: 10.1080/01615440.1993.9956353 (DOI)
  • Komlos, John. The heght and weight of West Point cadets: Dietary changes in antebellum America. Journal of Economic History.47, (4), 897-927.1987.
    • ID: 10.1017/S002205070004986X (DOI)

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

Komlos, John (1991): Height and Weight of West Point Cadets, 1843-1894. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.