Transport History Datasets

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Study number 1384: Slave Trade Movement between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843: Variables include: Ship's port of arrival, date of arrival, type of vessel, tonnage, master's name, number of guns, number of crew, national flag, number of slaves, port of departure, number of days of voyage, mortality.

Study number 1385: English Slave Trade, 1791-1799 - House of Lords Survey: Variables include: Ship's name, tonnage, home port of ship, departure date, African port of arrival, date of African arrival, slaves taken on board (total number), slave mortality, slaves relanded before African port departure, number of slaves shipped, date of African departure, American port of arrival, date of arrival in New World, number of slaves landed, date ship left America.

Study number 1912: Macro-Economic Time Series for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France - Transportation and Public Utilities, 1837-1974, Dataset 03a: The NBER collection - now containing an estimated 1.6 million entries - is divided into 16 major categories:

  • Production of Commodities (SN:1916)
  • Construction (SN:1901)
  • Transportation and Public Utilities (SN:1912)
  • Prices (SN:1904)
  • Stocks of Commodities (SN:1913)
  • Distribution of Commodities (SN:1910)
  • Foreign Trade (SN:1907)
  • Income and Employment (SN:1582)
  • Financial Status of Business (SN:1908)
  • Savings and Investment (SN:1911)
  • Security Markets (SN:1906)
  • Volume of Transactions (SN:1909)
  • Interest Rates (SN:1753)
  • Money and Banking (SN:1485)
  • Government Finance (SN:1621)
  • Indexes of Leading, Coincident and Lagging Indicators (SN:1914)

Study number 2179: British and Irish Emigrants to the U.S.A. in 1841: Variables include: Age, sex, occupation, nationality, type and size of migrating household; type of vessel, class of accommodation, data and port of arrival and departure, destination and place of last residence (where available).

Study number 2223: Sound Traffic, 1784-1795: Includes time period: 1784 to 1795; Country: Denmark, Sweden, The Sound; Observation unit: text units for one ship.

Study number 2537: French Privateering, 1793-1815: Variables include: Names of ship, captain, managing owner; port from which vessel sailed; vessel's tonnage, numbers of cannon, carronades, swivel guns; size of crew; year when vessel made its cruise and year of construction; indicators of whether the vessel was captured and whether sailing with Guerre et marchandise marque.

Study number 2923: Liverpool Trade and Shipping, 1744-1786: Information includes Liverpool overseas trade and shipping; trans-atlantic voyage patterns; slave trade; Liverpool shipowners and merchants; war and its impact on trade and shipping.

Study number 3218: Gloucester Port Books, 1575-1765: The Exchequor Port Books are a unique and invaluable source for studying coastal trade from the late 16th to the early 18th centuries. They record in detail the movement of boats which passed on coastal voyages between domestic ports and havens, naming operators and boats involved in the trade and describing the cargoes carried. The Gloucester Port Books database describes some 2 million discrete entities of information relating to the movement, organisation and operation of goods traded coastally. These data will facilitate research into a wide range of topics including the importance of waterborne trade with details of the range of goods carried in all economic sectors, the impact of river navigation on industry, and the role of river trade in early modern industrial development.

Study number 4100: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics - Transport, 1700-1975: The main tables are:

  • Canals - Mileage and costs at opening, South Wales and North Wales, 1700-1945
  • Canals - Iron carried on the Monmouthshire, 1820-1840, and Glamorganshire, 1817-1840, canals
  • Railways - Mileage, traffic and capital, 1848-1938
  • Roads - Mileage, 1860-1974
  • Road vehicles - Licences current, by type, 1926-1974
  • Ports - Total tonnage of coasting vessels belonging to main ports, 1709-1751
  • Ports - Foreign trade, value of imports and exports, main ports, 1857-1972; shipping registered at main ports, 1814, 1815, 1829
  • Ports - Cargo traffic through main ports, 1911-1974
  • Ports - Cargo traffic, by type of cargo, main ports, 1922-1974
  • Ports - Shipping movements: Cardiff, arrivals and departures, 1841-1886; main ports, arrivals 1911-1938, arrivals and departures, foreign and coastal, 1946-1971
  • Civil aviation - Movement, by type, passengers and freight carried, Welsh air ports, 1938-1974
  • Communication - Number of letters and parcels posted, 1938-1975; number of broadcast receiving licences in force, 195 4-1975

Administrative / Biographical History

Study number 1384: Slave Trade Movement between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843: To conduct a quantitative analysis of the slave trade from Africa to the Americas during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Study number 1385: English Slave Trade, 1791-1799 - House of Lords Survey: To examine the growth of slave trade to the America's, the internal dynamics of its volume, and how it compared with other trades within the British Empire

Study number 1912: Macro-Economic Time Series for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France - Transportation and Public Utilities, 1837-1974, Dataset 03a: This collection consists of a massive array of economic time series data pertaining to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France, measuring production, construction, prices, income, employment, inventories, sales, interest rates, money supply, and a variety of other factors. These data were collected by the National Bureau of Economic Research during the past five decades and constitute a research resource of major importance to economists as well as political scientists, sociologists, historians and other scholars. Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Consortium and the NBER converted this collection (which existed heretofore only on handwritten sheets stored in New York) into fully accessible, readily usable, and completely documented machine-readable form.

Study number 2179: British and Irish Emigrants to the U.S.A. in 1841: To provide quantitative estimates of the principal demographic and social characteristics of emigrants to the USA from the UK, and to test the usefulness of the passenger lists of American ports for this purpose.

Study number 2223: Sound Traffic, 1784-1795: The study contains the source edition data from the Sound toll accounts in the period 1784 to 1795. The programs used by Professor Johansen to analyse the data have also been deposited in the Archive.

Study number 2537: French Privateering, 1793-1815: Based on information taken from the High Court of Admiralty, this study gathers together material regarding vessels, cargoes and crews.

Study number 2923: Liverpool Trade and Shipping, 1744-1786: The aim of these date is to produce a machine-readable edition of the Liverpool Plantation Registers 1744-84, and of the known voyages, masters, shipowners and life histories of the vessels listed therein through to 1786.

Study number 3218: Gloucester Port Books, 1575-1765: The aims of this dataset are to compile a computer database of Gloucester Port Books to study internal trade in the Severn Valley region; to formulate a standard approach to the computerisation of port books; to undertake case studies in trade and industry using port book and other evidence.

Study number 4100: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics - Transport, 1700-1975: This machine-readable version of John Williams' Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics is the result of a collaboration between the Statistical Directorate of the National Assembly for Wales, the History Data Service and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen's University Belfast.

Arrangement

Study number 1384: Slave Trade Movement between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843: Time period: 1817 to 1843; Country: various; Observation unit: slave ships; Location of units of observation: Cross-national; Population: Slave ships arriving in the Americas from Africa recorded in selected Parliamentary Papers, 1817 to 1843.

Study number 1385: English Slave Trade, 1791-1799 - House of Lords Survey: Time period: 1791 to 1799; Country: Various; Observation unit: Slave ships; Location of units of observation: Cross-national; Population: Slave ship voyages to the British Caribbean from African Ports.

Study number 1912: Macro-Economic Time Series for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France - Transportation and Public Utilities, 1837-1974, Dataset 03a: Time period: 1837 to 1974; Country: France, German Federal Republic; Multi-nation: United Kingdom, United States of America; Observation unit: economic indicators; Kind of data: Aggregate (Macro) level; Location of units of observation: Cross-national, national.

Study number 2179: British and Irish Emigrants to the U.S.A. in 1841: Time period: 1841; Country: Ireland, United Kingdom, United States; Observation Unit: Individuals, families/households; Location of units of observation: Cross-national, national; Population: Emigrants from the British Isles entering the ports of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and New Orleans in 1841.

Study number 2223: Sound Traffic, 1784-1795: Time period: 1784 to 1795; Country: Denmark, Sweden, The Sound; Observation unit: text units, documents/chapter/words, A Sound toll registration for one ship; Location of units of observation: Cross-national; Population: All ships passing through the Sound in the period 1784 to 1795.

Study number 2537: French Privateering, 1793-1815: Time period: 1793 to 1815; Country: France; Location of units of observation: Sub-national; Population: French privateers, their crews and managing owners.

Study number 2923: Liverpool Trade and Shipping, 1744-1786: Time period: 1744 to 1786; Country: England: Geographic coverage: Lancashire, Liverpool; Observation unit: ships and ships' voyages; Kind of data: textual data, numeric data, individual (micro) level; Location of units of observation: Sub-national; Population: Liverpool registered ships 1744 to 1786.

Study number 3218: Gloucester Port Books, 1575-1765: Time period: 1575 to 1765; Country: England; Geographic coverage: Gloucestershire; Observation unit: Text units (documents/chapters/words); Kind of data: textual data, numeric data, individual (micro) level; Location of units of observation: Sub-national; Population: the data relates to trade in the Severn Valley and connections with ports elsewhere in England, Wales and Ireland.

Study number 4100: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics - Transport, 1700-1975: Time period: 1700 to 1974; Country: Wales; Geographic unit: countries, counties; Observation unit: administrative units (geographical/political); Kind of data: textual data, numeric data; Location of units of observation: National; Population: Administrative units of Wales.

Conditions Governing Access

By written application to the History Data Service. A letter of introduction may be required and prospective users will be obliged to sign an undertaking outlining the terms and conditions of access to the research materials.

Acquisition Information

Study number 1384: Slave Trade Movement between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843: Robbin, A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Data and Program Library Service; Curtin, P.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of History. Sponsored by: Carnegie Corporation (New York); University of Wisconsin-Madison; Columbia University (New York).

Study number 1385: English Slave Trade, 1791-1799 - House of Lords Survey: Robbin, A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Data and Program Library Service, Department of History; Klein, H.S., Columbia University (New York). Sponsored by: Social Science Research Council (U.S.); American Council of Learned Societies; University of Chicago; Columbia University (New York).

Study number 1912: Macro-Economic Time Series for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France - Transportation and Public Utilities, 1837-1974, Dataset 03a: ICPSR; National Bureau of Economic Research (U.S.). Sponsored by: National Science Foundation (U.S.).

Study number 2179: British and Irish Emigrants to the U.S.A. in 1841: Erickson, C.J., University of Cambridge, Faculty of History; Tiratsoo, N., London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economics. Sponsored by: Economic and Social Research Council.

Study number 2223: Sound Traffic, 1784-1795: Danish Data Archives; Johansen, H.C., University of Odense, Institute of History.

Study number 2537: French Privateering, 1793-1815: Crowhurst, R.P., Leicester Polytechnic, School of Humanities. Sponsored by: Economic and Social Research Council and Nuffield Foundation.

Study number 2923: Liverpool Trade and Shipping, 1744-1786: Richardson, D., University of Hull, Department of Economic and Social History; Beedham, K., University of Hull, Department of Economic and Social History; Schofield, M.M., University of Liverpool, Department of Economic and Social History. Sponsored by: Economic and Social Research Council. Grant Number: B00230039 and RB00232194.

Study number 3218: Gloucester Port Books, 1575-1765: Wanklyn, M.D.G., University of Wolverhampton, School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Wakelin, P., University of Wolverhampton, School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Hussey, D., University of Wolverhampton, School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Milne, G., University of Wolverhampton, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Eonomic and Social Research Council. Grant Number: R B 00232218.

Study number 4100: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics - Transport, 1700-1975: Williams, J., University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Department of Economics; National Assembly for Wales, Statistical Directorate; University of Essex, History Data Service; Queen's University of Belfast, Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis. Sponsored by: Higher Education Funding Councils and Joint Information Systems Committee.

Note

This record was compiled by David Borg-Muscat, UK Data Archive.

Record entered by Nadeem Ahmad of Qualidata, UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

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Custodial History

At various dates depositors placed their material with the History Data Service, UK Data Archive.

Additional Information

History Data Service, UK Data Archive, University of Essex.