Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Members, Books, Events

Kotin, Joshua; Koeser, Rebecca Sutton; Adair, Carl; Aiyer, Priyanka; Alagappan, Serena; Allen, Paige; Bauer, Jean; Browne, Oliver J.; Budak, Nick; Calver, Harriet; Chiossi, Robert; Chow, Jin Yun; Coles, Iliyah; Davis, Ian; Doroudian, Gissoo; Engel, Currie; Gautreau, Violet; Gjaja, Alex; Green, Elspeth; Hart, Isaac; Hicks, Benjamin; Himmelfarb, Samuel; Joelson, Madeleine E.; Karmanov, Fedor; Kelly, Carolyn; Krolewski, Sara; Li, Xinyi; Maag, Ellie; Macksey, Elizabeth; Mahoney, Cate; Mancino, Francesca; McCarthy, Jesse D.; Naydan, Mary; Patch, Yvonne; Root, Sally; Ruehl, Isabel; Thode, Sylvie; Vandermel, Katherine; VanSant, Camey; Wulfman, Clifford E.
Issue date: January 2022
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Kotin, Joshua, Koeser, Rebecca Sutton, Adair, Carl, Aiyer, Priyanka, Alagappan, Serena, Allen, Paige, Bauer, Jean, Browne, Oliver J., Budak, Nick, Calver, Harriet, Chiossi, Robert, Chow, Jin Yun, Coles, Iliyah, Davis, Ian, Doroudian, Gissoo, Engel, Currie, Gautreau, Violet, Gjaja, Alex, Green, Elspeth, Hart, Isaac, Hicks, Benjamin, Himmelfarb, Samuel, Joelson, Madeleine E., Karmanov, Fedor, Kelly, Carolyn, Krolewski, Sara, Li, Xinyi, Maag, Ellie, Macksey, Elizabeth, Mahoney, Cate, Mancino, Francesca, McCarthy, Jesse D., Naydan, Mary, Patch, Yvonne, Root, Sally, Ruehl, Isabel, Thode, Sylvie, Vandermel, Katherine, VanSant, Camey, & Wulfman, Clifford E. (2022). Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset: Lending Library Members, Books, Events [Data set]. Princeton University.
  author      = {Kotin, Joshua and
                Koeser, Rebecca Sutton and
                Adair, Carl and
                Aiyer, Priyanka and
                Alagappan, Serena and
                Allen, Paige and
                Bauer, Jean and
                Browne, Oliver J. and
                Budak, Nick and
                Calver, Harriet and
                Chiossi, Robert and
                Chow, Jin Yun and
                Coles, Iliyah and
                Davis, Ian and
                Doroudian, Gissoo and
                Engel, Currie and
                Gautreau, Violet and
                Gjaja, Alex and
                Green, Elspeth and
                Hart, Isaac and
                Hicks, Benjamin and
                Himmelfarb, Samuel and
                Joelson, Madeleine E. and
                Karmanov, Fedor and
                Kelly, Carolyn and
                Krolewski, Sara and
                Li, Xinyi and
                Maag, Ellie and
                Macksey, Elizabeth and
                Mahoney, Cate and
                Mancino, Francesca and
                McCarthy, Jesse D. and
                Naydan, Mary and
                Patch, Yvonne and
                Root, Sally and
                Ruehl, Isabel and
                Thode, Sylvie and
                Vandermel, Katherine and
                VanSant, Camey and
                Wulfman, Clifford E.},
  title       = {{Shakespeare and Company Project Dataset:
                 Lending Library Members, Books, Events}},
  publisher   = {{Princeton University}},
  year        = 2022,
  url         = {}

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 site URLs are consistent identifiers across all three.

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All data is related to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and lending library opened and operated by Sylvia Beach in Paris, 1919–1962. For version 1.2 of the Shakespeare and Company Project datasets, we made a series of significant additions and refinements. For the members dataset, we added 162 addresses and 126 VIAF numbers; we also decreased the total number of members from 5,601 to 5,235 by matching previously unmatched accounts. For the books dataset, we added two books and 1,957 eBook links. We also reduced the books labeled “uncertain” from 568 to 475. For the events dataset, we added 492 events, including 60 reimbursements from a new logbook source and 300 reimbursements from the address books. We also renamed an event type and subscription category, added three new subscription categories, and fully footnoted all events. In all three datasets, we corrected mistakes and added missing dates. For more specific information, see change logs included with the individual datasets.

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