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Height and Weight of West Point Cadets, 1843-1894 (ICPSR 9468)

Principal Investigator(s): Komlos, John, University of Pittsburgh. Department of History


This data collection was designed to ascertain the nutritional status of mid-nineteenth century Americans. These data supply information on cadet's last name, age, height, weight, state of birth, state of appointment, and the date of the physical examination. In addition, family background data, such as whether parents were alive, father's occupation, income of parents, head of household, and urban/rural location of family residence, are provided.

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Study Description


Komlos, John. Height and Weight of West Point Cadets, 1843-1894. ICPSR09468-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09468.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09468.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (2732-HD-07168)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    body height, body weight, demographic characteristics, health, military, nineteenth century, nutrition

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1843--1894

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain alphabetics.


Data Source:

West Point applicant physical examination lists (from United States National Archives, Military Archives Division)

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 variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-03-05

Version History:

  • 2010-02-24 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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