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Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1808-1891

Title details

SN: 5124
Title: Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1808-1891
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5124-1
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

Citation

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Cornell, E. (2006). Digital Library of Historical Directories, 1750-1919: London, 1808-1891. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5124, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5124-1

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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

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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 1808 - 01 January 1891
Country: England
Geography: London
Spatial units: Counties (Ancient)
Observation units: Text units (documents/chapters/words)
Kind of data: Textual data
Image
Universe: Subnational
Selected Directories from London
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:
Post Office Annual Directory, 1808. (385 pages)
Post Office London Directory, 1841. [Part 1: Street, Commercial, and Trades Directories). (890 pages)
Post Office London Directory, 1841. [Part 2: Law, Court, and Parliamentary Directories, etc.]. (383 pages)
Post Office London Directory (Small Edition), 1852. (941 pages)
Post Office London Directory, 1882. [Part 1: Official and Street Directories]. (713 pages)
Post Office London Directory, 1882. [Part 2: Commercial and Professional Directory]. (711 pages)
Post Office London Directory, 1882. [Part 3: Trades and Professional Directory]. (600 pages)
Post Office London Directory, 1882. [Part 4: Law, Court and Parliamentary Directories, etc.]. (1030 pages)
Business Directory of London, 1884. [Part 1: Alphabetical Section]. (739 pages)
Business Directory of London, 1884. [Part 2: Classified Section and Provincial and Foreign Register]. (1101 pages)
Post Office London Trades Directory, 1891. (994 pages)

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 13 February 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://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16445coll4 (last viewed on 11/02/2016).
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
User guide (portable document format) guide.pdf 41
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5124_Information.htm 6
READ File read5124.txt 1
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Publications

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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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