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The Historical Urban Ecological data set is a new resource detailing health and environmental conditions within seven major U.S. cities during the study period from 1830 to 1930. Researchers collected and digitized ward-level data from annual reports of municipal departments that detail the epidemiological, economic, and demographic conditions within each city. They then drafted new geographic information system data to link the tabular records to ward geographies. These data provide a new foundation to revisit questions surrounding the urban mortality transition and the growth of U.S. cities.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Historical Methods, volume 47, issue 2, in 2014, available online at DOI: 10.1080/01615440.2013.874005. It may differ slightly from the final version of record.

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Taylor & Francis



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