Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: CB-048-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1685

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Inheritance patterns in the United States, 1685-1980.  [machine-readable data file] / Shammas, Carole  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9443

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: This data collection was designed to study changes in American inheritance patterns over three centuries. Major areas of investigation include equality of treatment among children, legacies to sons versus daughters, estate planning strategies, treatment of spouse in will, women's testamentary power, charitable bequests, bequests to extended kin and non-kin, legacies of chattel, realty, and financial assets, and the naming of executors and guardians.

SOURCE: Probate records (wills, administrations, and inventories) for Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles County, California

NOTE: Marylynn Salmon, University of Maryland, Department of History, and Michel Dahlin, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Department of History, collaborated with Carole Shammas in the preparation of this data collection.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 10 data files + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data


TIME PERIOD: 1685-1756, 1791-1801, 1891-1893, 1898-1900, 1979, 1980


FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation. Law and Social Science Program, and National Endowment for the Humanities. Research Program.

GRANT NUMBER: SES-8208620, and RO-20466-83


Shammas, Carole, Marylynn Salmon, and Michel Dahlin. INHERITANCE IN AMERICA: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1987.

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