Rise of American Industrial Corporations, 1880-1914 (ICPSR 9392)

Published: Aug 11, 2011

Principal Investigator(s):
William G. Roy


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This collection is designed to allow examination of economic and social determinants of variation in incorporation rates by industry and state in the United States from 1880-1914. Data are presented for manufacturing corporations in all industries, with detailed data for specific states. Information covered includes economic characteristics of industries such as capital, workers, wages, material, value of products, common and preferred stock, and bonded indebtedness. Social characteristics of industries such as newness and strike activity also are provided.

Roy, William G. Rise of American Industrial Corporations, 1880-1914. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-08-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09392.v2

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National Science Foundation (SES 86 17679)

1880 -- 1914

1986 -- 1989

The data contain blanks and alphabetic characters. For Part 12, Information for Corporations Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, data for the 100 largest corporations in 1896-1905 were collected by David Bunting, University of Oregon.

Complete enumeration, with states selected by availability of data.

Manufacturing corporations in all United States industries, 1880-1914.

(1) United States Bureau of the Census. CENSUS OF MANUFACTURES, 1880-1914, (2) Evans, George. BUSINESS INCORPORATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1800-1943, (3) GENERAL STATUTES OF THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, 1880-1887, (4) Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Labor, Strikes and Lockouts, 1887-1906, (5) MANUAL OF STATISTICS, 1888-1913, (6) Biennial Report of the Secretary of State, Colorado 1880-1888, (7) Report of the Secretary of State of Illinois, 1896, (8) Report of the Secretary of State of Florida, 1887-1896

census enumeration data, and aggregate data



2011-08-11 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 14 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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