Descriptors and Measurements of the Height of Runaway Slaves and Indentured Servants in the United States, 1700-1850 (ICPSR 9721)

Version Date: Jan 12, 2006 View help for published

Principal Investigator(s): View help for Principal Investigator(s)
John Komlos

Version V2

The purpose of this data collection was to provide data on the height of slaves and indentured servants in the colonial and antebellum periods of United States history. Data were taken from newspaper advertisements describing the runaways. Variables include the state in which the advertisement was published, the year of the advertisement, the first and last names of the runaway slave or indentured servant, and his or her race, sex, age, height, place of birth, legal status (whether he or she was a convict or in jail at time of advertisement), profession, and knowledge of the English language.

Komlos, John. Descriptors and Measurements of the Height of Runaway Slaves and Indentured Servants in the United States, 1700-1850  . [distributor], 2006-01-12.

Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote
1700 -- 1850
1988 -- 1989

colonial newspapers in the United States



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Komlos, John. DESCRIPTORS AND MEASUREMENTS OF THE HEIGHT OF RUNAWAY SLAVES AND INDENTURED SERVANTS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1700-1850. 2nd ICPSR version. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of History [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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.

2001-06-05 Part 6, White Male Indentured and Convict Servant Height Measurements, and Part 7, White Male Indentured and Convict Servant Height Descriptors, have been added to this data collection. The codebook was updated with documentation for the new data and is now available as a PDF file. Also, SPSS data definition statements are now available for all data files, and SAS data definition statements are available for Parts 6 and 7 only.

1992-05-12 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:

  • Standardized missing values.


  • Curation and dissemination of this study is provided by the institutional members of ICPSR, and data is available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. To determine if you are at a member institution, check the list of ICPSR member institutions, or learn more about becoming a member.

ICPSR logo

This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.