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Woman and Child Wage Earners, 1907 [Massachusetts, North Carolina, Chicago, and New York City] (ICPSR 20702) RSS

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This data collection contains work and demographic information on immigrant and native born industrial workers and their families from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Chicago, and New York City in the cotton textile and clothing industries. Information available includes occupation, days worked, earnings, job experience, literacy, schooling, family income, amounts retained by youths, and rent paid by the family. Also in the sample is similar information on young girls and boys working in the same two industries. Other industries (silk and glass) were surveyed, but are not in this sample. Data on occupation, earnings, months schooling, literacy, years since beginning work, days worked, ethnicity, and years in the United States are included. Also available is information on the presence of the mother and father, the father's occupation, other children in the family, family income, the amount retained by working children, and rent paid.

Series: Woman and Child Wage Earners Series

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Study Description


Goldin, Claudia. WOMAN AND CHILD WAGE EARNERS, 1907 [MASSACHUSETTS, NORTH CAROLINA, CHICAGO, AND NEW YORK CITY]. ICPSR20702-v1. Boston, MA: Claudia Goldin, Harvard University [producer], 198?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-08. doi:10.3886/ICPSR20702.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   family work relationship, labor force, manufacturing industry, wage earners, women, work, working women

Geographic Coverage:   Chicago, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York (state), New York City, North Carolina, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1907

Date of Collection:  

  • 198?

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Industrial workers in the cotton textiles and clothing industries.

Data Types:   census/enumeration data


Sample:   See US Senate Documents, REPORT ON CONDITION OF WOMAN AND CHILD WAGE-EARNERS IN THE U.S. IN 19 VOLUMES, VOLS. 86-104 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1910-1911).

Data Source:

See: US Senate Documents, REPORT ON CONDITION OF WOMAN AND CHILD WAGE-EARNERS IN THE U.S. IN 19 VOLUMES, VOLS. 86-104 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1910-1911). This Senate report, from which these data were taken, is a 19-volume study of four primary industries and various related subjects.

Extent of Processing:  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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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