The Shakespeare and Company Project makes three datasets available to download in CSV and JSON formats. The datasets provide information about lending library members; books that circulated in the lending library; and lending library events, including borrows, purchases, memberships, and renewals. The datasets may be used individually or in combination—the site URLs are consistent identifiers across all three.
The Project regularly updates the datasets. When citing, include the dataset version. Version 1.0 was released in July 2020. Version 1.1 was released in January 2021. Version 1.2 was released in January 2022. A summary of changes may be found on the Project's DataSpace page.
The Project is committed to supporting new research. Please contact us to share your ideas and work. The datasets are released under the Creative Commons attribution 4.0 license (CC-BY-4.0).
Cite all three datasets:
Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Priyanka Aiyer, Serena Alagappan, Paige Allen, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Robert Chiossi, Jin Yun Chow, Iliyah Coles, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Violet Gautreau, Alex Gjaja, Elspeth A. Green, Isaac Hart, Benjamin Hicks, Samuel Himmelfarb, Madeleine E. Joelson, Fedor Karmanov, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Elizabeth Macksey, Cate Mahoney, Francesca Mancino, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Yvonne Patch, Sally Root, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Katherine Vandermel, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Members, Books, Events. Version 1.2. January 2022. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/dtqa-2981
Cite this document
“Data Export.” Shakespeare and Company Project, version 1.5.6. Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University. April 13, 2020. http://shakespeareandco.princeton.edu/about/data/. Accessed September 29, 2023.