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Sheffield Club Membership Book, 1873-1970

Title details

SN: 4239
Title: Sheffield Club Membership Book, 1873-1970
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4239-1
Depositor: White, A., University of East London. Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Principal investigator(s): White, A., University of East London. Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Arthur, C., University of East London. Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Sponsor(s): University of East London. Department of Sociology and Anthropology


The citation for this study is:

White, A., Arthur, C. (2001). Sheffield Club Membership Book, 1873-1970. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4239,

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Subject Categories

Community and urban studies - Society and culture
Local history - History
Political history - History


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The data were originally collected as background material to a PhD which investigated the claim made by Martin J. Wiener in English culture and the decline of the industrial spirit: 1850-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1982) that Tory political support was inimical to the growth of industrial capitalism. An ancillary aim was to explore the political allegiance of the membership of the Sheffield Club. The data were computerised between September 1998 and April 1999.
Main Topics:
The dataset consists of the records of all candidates for membership to the Sheffield Club in the period 1873-1970, which have been transcribed from the Club's Membership Book. Each record provides a numeric identifier, the date the election was voted on, the name of the candidate, the occupation of the candidate, the name of the candidate's proposer and seconder, whether or not the candidate was 'elected', and any additional comments regarding the candidate and the success of his application.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 18 March 1873 - 20 May 1970
Dates of fieldwork: 1982
Country: England
Geography: Sheffield
Yorkshire West Riding
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Universe: Subnational
Members of the Sheffield Club, 1873- 1970
Time dimensions: Time Series
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Number of units: 1671 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Transcription of existing materials; Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No information recorded
Data sources: Membership Book of the Sheffield Club, 1873-1970, Local Studies Library of the Sheffield Central Library. Some indecipherable or faded names and occupations were confirmed using local trade directories. The data represent a full transcription, except that the residence address of candidates has been omitted.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 February 2001
Copyright: Copyright A. White
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.
Availability: UK Data Service
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By principal investigator(s):
White, A. (1990) Formation and development of middle-class urban culture and politics: Sheffield 1825-1880, PhD thesis, University of Leeds

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