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Slave Sales and Appraisals, 1775-1865 (ICPSR 7421)

Principal Investigator(s): Fogel, Robert W., University of Rochester; Engerman, Stanley L., University of Rochester


This study presents data pertaining to slave sales and appraisals that took place from 1775 to 1865 in eight states of the southern United States: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi. The data were obtained from probate records on deposit in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Genealogical Society Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Variables document the sale locations and the appraised and sale values of the slaves, as well as the slaves' age, sex, occupational skills, and condition of health. A related study is SLAVE HIRES, 1775-1865 (ICPSR 7422), also prepared by Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman.

Series: Economics of American Negro Slavery Series

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Study Description


Fogel, Robert W., and Stanley L. Engerman. SLAVE SALES AND APPRAISALS, 1775-1865. ICPSR07421-v3. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester [producer], 1976. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 2006-10-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07421.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07421.v3

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, Antebellum South (USA), eighteenth century, history, nineteenth century, slave appraisals, slave ownership, slave populations, slave sales, slavery, Southern United States

Geographic Coverage:    Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, United States, Virginia

Time Period:   

  • 1775--1865

Universe:    Slave sales and appraisals in the southern United States (Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi) between 1775-1865.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

Variable 5, recording "Year in which Entry Occurred," has values ranging from 1742 to 1868.


Sample:    Nonrandom, convenience sample.

Data Source:

probate records for the southern United States, on deposit in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Genealogical Society Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-02

Version History:

  • 2006-10-11 ICPSR has added value labels found in the original documentation from the principal investigators to the setup and data files. Variables V5, V7, V10, V12, V13, and V15 were reformatted as numeric variables. A PDF codebook was added and the metadata record was revised.
  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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