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Ethnicity and Homicide in California, 1850-1900

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data
  • McKanna, Clare V. Jr.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
crime; ethnicity; homicide; indictments; inmates; murder; offenders; plea negotiations; sentencing; verdicts
  • Abstract

    This data collection explores the relationship between homicide and ethnicity in California during 1850-1900. The data are presented in three files. Part 1, Homicide, includes information on time, place, location, and cause of the crime for all murder cases in seven California counties. The relationship between the victim and the accused, and the race, sex, age, and occupation of each are also provided. Part 2, Indictment, includes information on criminal charge, plea, verdict, and sentence for all murder trials in the same seven counties during the time period. Part 3 provides information on all prisoners incarcerated in California for murder. Included are age, sex, ethnicity, place of birth, and occupation of each prisoner, as well as sentence, disposition of case, years served, and year in which the prisoner was released.
  • 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: Performed consistency checks.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Homicide
    • DS2: Indictment
    • DS3: Prison
    • DS5: SAS Data Definition Statements for Homicide Data
    • DS6: SAS Data Definition Statements for Indictment Data
    • DS7: SAS Data Definition Statements for Prison Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1850 / 1900
    Time period: 1850--1900
  • 1987 / 1989
    Collection date: 1987--1989
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Homicides in California, 1850-1900.
Data for Parts 1 and 2 are 100-percent samples from seven California counties. The homicide data (Part 1) were obtained from historical documents such as coroner's inquest reports, criminal case files, and newspaper accounts. The indictment data (Part 2) were obtained from the registers of district and superior courts. Data for Part 3 are a 100-percent sample of all felons incarcerated for murder or manslaughter in California, obtained from the registers of the San Quentin and Folsom prisons.
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES 87-20939).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9594 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

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

McKanna, Clare V. Jr. (1992): Ethnicity and Homicide in California, 1850-1900. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.