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 continues to augment and refine its data as we learn more about lending library members and the books they borrowed. We regularly update the datasets on this page. When citing, include the dataset version.

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Members

The members dataset includes information about approximately 5,700 lending library members in the following fields: member URL, member name, member 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 (978.47 KB) | JSON (2.22 MB)

Cite this dataset:

Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Serena Alagappan, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Elspeth Green, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Cate Mahoney, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Members. Version 1.0. July 2020. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/ht30-g395


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 (2.66 MB)

Cite this dataset:

Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Serena Alagappan, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Elspeth Green, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Cate Mahoney, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Books. Version 1.0. July 2020. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/g467-3w07


Events

The events dataset includes information about approximately 33,700 lending library events in the following fields: event type, member URL, start date, end date, member name, member sort name, membership purchase price, deposit amount, membership duration, membership volume limit, membership category, purchase date, reimbursement amount, book borrow status, book purchase price, currency, book URL, title, author, year of publication, notes, source citation, source manifest, source image.

Dates are in ISO 8601 format. 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, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Elspeth Green, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Cate Mahoney, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Events. Version 1.0. July 2020. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/2r93-0t85


Cite all three datasets:

Kotin, Joshua, Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Carl Adair, Serena Alagappan, Jean Bauer, Oliver J. Browne, Nick Budak, Harriet Calver, Jin Chow, Ian Davis, Gissoo Doroudian, Currie Engel, Elspeth Green, Benjamin Hicks, Madeleine E. Joelson, Carolyn Kelly, Sara Krolewski, Xinyi Li, Ellie Maag, Cate Mahoney, Jesse D. McCarthy, Mary Naydan, Isabel Ruehl, Sylvie Thode, Camey VanSant, and Clifford E. Wulfman. Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Members, Books, Events. Version 1.0. July 2020. Distributed by DataSpace, Princeton University. https://doi.org/10.34770/pe9w-x904

Cite this document

“Data Export.” Shakespeare and Company Project, version 1.2.3. Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University. April 13, 2020. http://shakespeareandco.princeton.edu/about/data/. Accessed September 29, 2020.