Study Description

Virginia Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1727-1769

Bibliographic Information

Cataloging-During-Production (Machine Readable Data File)

Virginia slave trade in the eighteenth century, 1727-1769 [machine-readable data file] / compiled by Herbert S. Klein. -- DPLS ed. -- New York : Herbert S. Klein [producer], 1974 ; Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin. Data and Information Services Center [distributor].

1 data file (644 logical records) + accompanying documentation.

These data were compiled from Elizabeth Donnan's documents illustrative of the slave trade in America, IV, 188-234 (New York: 1965, 4 v.).

Summary: The statistics from the Elizabeth Donnan Documents ... were analyzed to determine the internal dynamics of the slave trade to Virginia in terms of routes and shipping, and to place that trade with its sources, volume, ship's slave-carrying capacity, frequency of voyage, and tonnage patterns within the context of the general structure of the entire Atlantic slave trade in the 18th century.

The data file contains information on landing, ship's name, type of vessel, home port of vessel, tonnage, port of construction, year constructed, year of registration, type of owner, number of slave carried, origin of slaves, port of arrival.

ISBN 0-89605-023-8

I. Klein, Herbert S.

DISC Acknowledgement

These data were deposited at DPLS for public distribution by Herbert S. Klein, Department of History, Columbia University, New York, New York.

Acknowledgement of Assistance

All manuscripts utilizing data made available through the Data and Information Services Center (DISC) should acknowledge that fact as well as cite the title of the study as indicated on the title page and sample catalog statement and identify the original compiler (collector) of the data. DISC urges all users of these data to follow some adaptation of this statement with the parentheses indicating items to be completed or deleted appropriately by the individual analyst.

The data (and tabulations) utilized in this (publication) were made available (in part) by the Data and Information Services Center (DISC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The data for Virginia Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1727-1769 were originally compiled by Herbert S. Klein from Elizabeth Donnan's book, Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade in America, IV, 188-234 (New York, 1965). Neither Mr. Klein nor DISC bears any responsibility for the analyses or interpretations presented here.

 


File Inventory

Bibliographic Identity:

Unique File Inventory Identification Number
11278-000
Bibliographic Reference
Virginia Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1727-1769 [machine readable data file]. Compiled by Herbert S. Klein. DPLS ed. New York: Herbert S. Klein [producer], 1974. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Information Services Center [distributor]. 1 data file (644 logical records), plus accompanying documentation. The data were compiled from Elizabeth Donnan's Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade in America, IV, 188-234 (New York, 1965, 4v).
Unique Identification Codes for the MRDF
CB-505-004-INT-DPLS-1717; ISBN 0-89605-023-8
Type of File
numeric

Subject Contents:

Abstract
The statistics from the Elizabeth Donnan volumes, Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade in America were analyzed to determine the internal dynamics of the slave trade to Virginia in terms of routes and shipping, and to place that trade with its sources, volume, ship's slave-carrying capacity, frequency of voyage, and tonnage patterns within the context of the general structure of the entire Atlantic slave trade in the eighteenth century.
Universe to Which the Data Pertain
slave ship voyages to Virginia for the period 1727-1769
Geographic Focus
region of origin of slave ship (British West Indies, Africa, Continental British America, England and other places) to ports in Virginia
Descriptors
slave trade, economic history, migration, mortality
Demographic Variables
port of landing, ship's name, type of vessel, home port of vessel, tonnage, port of construction, year constructed, year of registration, type of owner, number of slaves carried, origin of slaves

File History:

Sponsor or Funding Agency
Social Science Research Council American Council of Learned Societies; Columbia University, New York; University of Chicago, Chicago USA
Project Responsibility
Herbert S. Klein, Department of History, Columbia University, New York USA
Data Gathering Responsibility
Herbert S. Klein
Data Processing Responsibility
Herbert S. Klein
Time Coverage (Date of Data Coverage)
1727-1769
Date of Data Collection
1974
Source(s) of Data (Input)
Elizabeth Donnan, Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade in America, IV, 188-234 (New York, 1965; 4 v.)

Methodology:

Description of Sampling Design/Selection
"Listings for Virginia provided by Donnan cover a large part of the eighteenth century; however, the most complete registrations are for the period 1727-1769. The voyages recorded may not be the total number of slavers which arrived in this period in Virginia ports, but they provide a large enough sample from that universe to make detailed analyses about the basic outlines of the Virginia trade..." (Klein, "Slaves and Shipping in Eighteenth-Century Virginia," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, V, 3 (Winter 1975), 383-412.
Instrumentation
Elizabeth Donnan (op.cit.)
Data Quality
incomplete registrations (information)
Unit of Analysis/Record Type
644 slave ships
Number of Variables
17
Analytic Comparability or Linkage with Other MRDF
Philip D. Curtin (edited by Herbert S. Klein), Records of Slave Ship Movement Between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843; Herbert S. Klein, Internal Slave Trade to Rio de Janeiro, 1852; Slave Trade to Rio de Janeiro, 1825-1830; Slave Trade to Rio de Janeiro, 1795-1811; Angola Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1723-1771; English Slave Trade, 1791-1799 (House of Lords Survey); Slave Trade to Havana, Cuba, 1790-1820; Virginia Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1727-1769; Nantes Slave Trade in the Eighteenth Century, 1711-1791; Philip D. Curtin, Slave Ships of Eighteenth Century France, 1748-1756, 1763-1792; Klein, Herbert S. and Stanley L. Engerman, Slave Trade to Jamaica, 1782-1805-1808; Fogel, Robert W. and Stanley L. Engerman, Time on the Cross [machine readable data file].

File Processing History:

Edits, Corrections, and Cleaning
(blank)
File Structure
rectangular
Record Structure
fixed length

Availability:

As a reminder, all of this information is from the original codebook and some sections may now be obsolete.

Location of the MRDF
Data and Information Services Center (DISC), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 3308 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706 USA
Location of the Documentation
Data and Information Services Center (DISC)
Access Restrictions
none
Type of Access
batch
Retention Status
indefinitely
Costs
direct, plus DISC overhead
Recording Information
The archival file consists of one file stored on CD-ROM. All information is in character format. Logical Record Size: 80 characters; Block Size: 3200 characters. Data is disseminated in zipped ASCII format.
Data Management Software Requirements
none
Computer or Hardware Requirements
none
Data Disclaimer
distributor distributes the MRDF but takes no responsibility for its condition
Reference Materials
codebook
Publications
Herbert S. Klein, The Middle Passage: Comparative Studies in the Atlantic Slave Trade (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978); "Slaves and Shipping in Eighteenth-Century Virginia," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, V, 3 (Winter 1975), 383-412.


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