The Shakespeare and Company Project makes three datasets available to download in CSV and JSON formats. The datasets provide information about lending library members; the 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.

To learn more about the datasets, please read the Project's sources, analysis, and FAQ pages. Contact us with additional questions.

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. 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).


Members

The members dataset includes information about approximately 5,600 lending library members in the following fields: member URL, member name, sort name, title, gender, individual or organization, has lending library card, birth year, death year, membership years, VIAF URL, Wikipedia URL, nationalities, addresses, postal codes, arrondissements, longitude and latitude coordinates, notes, last updated.

Download: CSV (1.08 MB) | JSON (2.44 MB)

Cite this dataset:

Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Serena Alagappan, Paige Allen, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Violet Gautreau, Alex Gjaja, Elspeth A. Green, Isaac Hart, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Elizabeth Macksey, Cate Mahoney, Francesca Mancino, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Sally Root, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Katherine Vandermel, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Members. Version 1.1. January 2021. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/nsa4-3t76


Books

The books dataset includes information about approximately 6,000 books and other items in the following fields: book URL, title, author, editor, contributor, translator, illustrator, introduction, preface, photographer, year of publication, format, uncertain, eBook URL, volume/issue, notes, event count, borrow count, purchase count, circulation years, last updated.

Download: CSV (1.24 MB) | JSON (2.67 MB)

Cite this dataset:

Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Serena Alagappan, Paige Allen, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Violet Gautreau, Alex Gjaja, Elspeth A. Green, Isaac Hart, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Elizabeth Macksey, Cate Mahoney, Francesca Mancino, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Sally Root, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Katherine Vandermel, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Books. Version 1.1. January 2021. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/079z-h206


Events

The events dataset includes information about approximately 35,000 lending library events in the following fields: event type, start date, end date, member URL, member name, sort name, subscription price, deposit amount, duration, duration in days, volume limit, category, purchase date, reimbursement amount, book borrow status, borrow duration in days, book purchase price, currency, item URL, title, volume, author, year of publication, notes, source type, source citation, source manifest, source image.

Dates are in ISO 8601 format. Following information from the Project's sources, some dates only include month and year, year, or month and day.

Download: CSV (16.62 MB) | JSON (29.27 MB)

Cite this dataset:

Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Serena Alagappan, Paige Allen, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Violet Gautreau, Alex Gjaja, Elspeth A. Green, Isaac Hart, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Elizabeth Macksey, Cate Mahoney, Francesca Mancino, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Sally Root, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Katherine Vandermel, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Events. Version 1.1. January 2021. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/rtbp-kv40


Cite all three datasets:

Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Serena Alagappan, Paige Allen, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Violet Gautreau, Alex Gjaja, Elspeth A. Green, Isaac Hart, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Elizabeth Macksey, Cate Mahoney, Francesca Mancino, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, 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 1.1. January 2021. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/39sq-bm51

Cite this document

“Data Export.” Shakespeare and Company Project, version 1.5.0. Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University. April 13, 2020. http://shakespeareandco.princeton.edu/about/data/. Accessed April 19, 2021.