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Roll Calls of the Continental Congresses and the Congresses of the Confederation, 1777-1789 (ICPSR 7537) RSS

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Summary:

This dataset includes 1,593 roll calls taken in the Continental Congresses of the Confederation in the years 1777-1789. The data were originally collected as part of the Historical Records Surveys, sponsored by the Works Project Administration and carried out by the state of New Jersey and the city of New York in 1938-1942. The unit of analysis in the file is the delegate, an individual member of the state delegation. The vote outcomes were determined by the unit rule. It is believed that the file includes virtually all roll calls for which individual delegate votes are available in the historical record. Characteristics of the 1,593 roll calls are included in the data, e.g., motion description, date, whether the motion passed, state vote total, delegate vote total, and source. Also included is delegate's name, state, and roll call vote, coded as yea, nay, not voting, or name not given in the list of those voting. Data were keypunched by ICPSR staff from Clifford L. Lord, ed. ATLAS OF CONGRESSIONAL ROLL CALLS, VOL. I: THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESSES AND THE CONGRESSES OF THE CONFEDERATION, 1777-1789. New York, NY: New York State Historical Association, 1943. An extensive discussion of the work procedures followed by Lord and documentation of sources used is available in the Atlas.

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Citation

Lord, Clifford L. Roll Calls of the Continental Congresses and the Congresses of the Confederation, 1777-1789. ICPSR07537-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07537.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Works Projects Administration

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   American Colonies, Continental Congresses (USA), eighteenth century, legislative bodies, legislators, political history, roll call data, roll call voting records, United States Congress

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1777--1789

Date of Collection:  

  • 1938--1942

Universe:   Individual members of the state delegations in the Continental Congresses and the Congresses of the Confederation from 1777 to 1789.

Data Types:   roll call data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Methodology

Data Source:

Lord, Clifford L., ed. ATLAS OF CONGRESSIONAL ROLL CALLS, VOL. 1: THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESSES AND THE CONGRESSES OF THE CONFEDERATION, 1777-1789. New York, NY: New York State Historical Association, 1943.

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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