Berry Slave Value Database, 10 U.S. States, 1797-1865 (ICPSR 37099)

Version Date: Jul 3, 2018 View help for published

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Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin

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This study uses historical records from 36 archives in the United States to analyze 8,437 enslaved people's sale and/or appraisal prices from 1797 to 1865.

Berry, Daina Ramey. Berry Slave Value Database, 10 U.S. States, 1797-1865. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-07-03.

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National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, University of Texas-Austin. College of Liberal Arts, Michigan State University


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1797 -- 1865
1797 -- 1865

The purpose of this study is to understand how enslaved people were valued and appraised.


Enslaved individuals in the United States (specifically in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) during the late eighteenth and early to mid-nineteenth century.


All the data comes from manuscript archival collections at various historical repositories.

administrative records data, census/enumeration data, event/transaction data

Variables include demographic information (name, year, age/age group, gender, state, and trade/skill), and appraisal and sales prices, which are given in 1860 and 2014 dollars.

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2018-07-03 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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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This study is provided by Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD).