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UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, 1896-1914

Title details

SN: 5131
Title: Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, 1896-1914
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5131-1
Series: Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919
Depositor: Keith, J., University of Leicester. Registrar's Office
Principal investigator(s): Cornell, E., University of Leicester. Library
Sponsor(s): New Opportunities Fund
Higher Education Funding Councils
Other acknowledgements: A preliminary pilot scheme received support from the Higher Education Funding Council, Specialised Research Collections in the Humanities Programme

Subject Categories

Administrative history - History
Economic history - History
Local history - History
Social history - History
Trade, industry and markets - Industry and management
Transport history - History
Urban history - History

Abstract

The aim of the project was to improve access to local and trade directories for the period 1750-1919 by making a substantial collection of English and Welsh directories available online as a Digital Library of Historical Directories.
This digital resource comprises in total some 600 directories, covering every English county together with Wales, and ranging widely over the period 1750-1919 (the latter cut-off point chosen for copyright reasons). There is a particular focus on the 1850s, 1890s and 1910s, with at least one directory provided for each county in each of these decades.
The digitisation of the volumes involved a two-stage process, in which (1) the hard-copy source was scanned to produce a graphic image of each page, and then (2) those images were processed using OCR software to generate a machine-readable text file.


Main Topics:
The directories included are of many different kinds, commonly embracing trade, commercial, and private resident directories, together with gazetteers, almanacs, official information, etc. For the purposes of deposit in the UK Data Archive, the collection has been divided into 35 studies on a regional and temporal basis.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 01 January 1896 - 01 January 1914
Country: England
Geography: Staffordshire
Warwickshire
Worcestershire
Spatial units: Counties (Ancient)
Observation units: Text units (documents/chapters/words)
Kind of data: Textual data
Image
Universe: National
Selected Directories from Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No weighting conducted
Data sources:
Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, 1896. (969 pages)
Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, 1896. (599 pages)
Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire, 1896. (540 pages)
Peck's Circular Trades Directory and detailed buyers guide to the manufactures of Birmingham and district, 1896-97. (370 pages)
The Wolverhampton Red Book and Directory, 1897-98. (310 pages)
Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, 1900. (530 pages)
The Court Guide and County Blue Book of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Staffordshire. A fashionable record, professional register, and general survey of the counties, 1902. (1170 pages)
Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, 1904. (1000 pages)
Littlebury's Directory of the City of Worcester, and towns of Malvern, Droitwich and Pershore, followed by the parishes and villages within a radius of ten miles of the city, 1908. (682 pages)
Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, 1912. (557 pages)
Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, 1912. (958 pages)
Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire, 1912. (500 pages)
Spennell's Annual Directory of the City of Coventry and District, 1912-13. (855 pages)
Bennett's Business Directory for Staffordshire, 1914. (122 pages)
Bennett's Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914. (318 pages)
The Wolverhampton Red Book and Directory, 1914. (374 pages)
Bennett's Business Directory for Worcestershire, 1914. (82 pages)

Keywords

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORYCOMMERCIAL DIRECTORIESDIRECTORIES
ECONOMIC HISTORYLOCAL HISTORYSOCIAL HISTORY
STAFFORDSHIRETRADE DIRECTORIESWARWICKSHIRE
WORCESTERSHIRE

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 30 January 2006
Copyright: Copyright University of Leicester
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Please note: Users can search the Digital Library of Historical Directories at http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/index.asp (last viewed on 02/08/2006).
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

TitleFile NameSize (KB)
User guide (portable data format) guide.pdf 50
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5131_Information.htm 19
READ File read5131.txt 1

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Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire, 1841-1914 (SN 5101)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, 1830-1915 (SN 5102)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, 1830-1891 (SN 5103)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, 1892-1916 (SN 5104)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cheshire and Lancashire, 1766-1883 (SN 5105)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cheshire and Lancashire, 1886-1902 (SN 5106)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cheshire and Lancashire, 1903-1917 (SN 5107)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cornwall and Devon, 1783-1902 (SN 5108)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cornwall and Devon, 1906-1919 (SN 5109)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Cumberland and Westmorland, 1829-1914 (SN 5110)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, 1783-1880 (SN 5111)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, 1881-1904 (SN 5112)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, 1906-1916 (SN 5113)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, 1784-1900 (SN 5114)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, 1903-1916 (SN 5115)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Durham and Northumberland, 1801-1916 (SN 5116)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex, 1824-1890 (SN 5117)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex, 1891-1904 (SN 5118)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex, 1905-1918 (SN 5119)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Somerset and Wales, 1796-1878 (SN 5120)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Somerset and Wales, 1880-1899 (SN 5121)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Somerset and Wales, 1900-1919 (SN 5122)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Lincolnshire, 1856-1919 (SN 5123)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1808-1891 (SN 5124)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1895-1897 (SN 5125)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1899-1905 (SN 5126)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1906-1911 (SN 5127)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1914-1915 (SN 5128)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1916-1919 (SN 5129)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, 1818-1892 (SN 5130)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Yorkshire, 1787-1885 (SN 5132)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Yorkshire, 1887-1913 (SN 5133)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Miscellaneous Collections, 1828-1844 (SN 5134)
Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: Miscellaneous Collections, 1846-1901 (SN 5135)

Publications

By principal investigator(s):

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Welding, D. and S. Nash. (2004). 'The Historical Directories Digitisation Project at the University of Leicester', The Local Studies Librarian, Vol 23 (1), pp. 4-10.


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