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Physical Stature of Georgia Convicts, 1770-1860 (ICPSR 6803)

Principal Investigator(s): Komlos, John


This data collection tracks the physical stature of Georgia convicts incarcerated between 1770 and 1860. Information includes age at incarceration, gender, complexion, height measurement in feet and inches, county in which conviction took place, occupation, place of birth, crime, month and year of entry into jail, month and year in which sentence expired, whether the convict was pardoned, and the date of pardon.

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Study Description


Komlos, John. Physical Stature of Georgia Convicts, 1770-1860. ICPSR06803-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06803.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06803.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conviction records, crimes, criminal histories, offenses, prison inmates, prisons

Geographic Coverage:    Georgia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1770--1860

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    All persons incarcerated in the prison system of Georgia from 1770-1860.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The variables JAILYR (YEAR OF JAIL ENTRY) and EXPYR (YEAR OF SENTENCE EXPIRED) include only the last two digits of the year. Users should assume that the years 70-99 are in the 1700s, and the years 00-60 correspond to the 1800s.


Data Source:

Georgia State Archive, Atlanta. Board of Corrections. Inmate Administration Division. Central Register of Convicts. Record group 21, Subgroup 3, Series 27

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-02-23

Version History:

  • 2004-07-14 The data producer resupplied the data file with additional variables GENDER, COMPLEXN, and HEIGHT. SAS and SPSS data definition statements and the codebook have been modified to reflect these changes. The codebook was converted to PDF format

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