Data Sets for Historians

These sample data sets are intended for historians learning R. They include population, institutional, religious, military, and prosopographical data suitable for mapping, quantitative analysis, and network analysis.

This R package contains datasets of interest to historians. It is primarily intended for pedagogic purposes in teaching historians how to use R.


You will have to install devtools to install this package from GitHub.

To install:


To list all the datasets in the package with their documentation:

help(package = historydata)

To load a dataset:



If you have a dataset that you think would be good for this package, feel free to contribute it. You can send the dataset via e-mail if you can provide a citation and guarantee that the data is available under an open license.

But it is much preferred that you contribute the dataset via a pull request. To add a dataset:

  1. Add the raw data and an R script to load and save it as an R data object to data-raw/. The .rda file should be saved to data/. See data-raw/sarna.R as a model. Please try keeping the data tidy.
  2. Add the documentation using the Roxygen format to a file in the R/. Use R/sarna.R as a model. Be sure to include a citation.


This project is released under the MIT License:


historydata 0.1

  • Added sarna: Population estimates for American Jews.

  • Added us_state_populations: Populations of US states and territories.

  • Added catholic_dioceses: Locations and dates founded for Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

  • Added naval_promotions: Career data for officers of the line in the early U.S. Navy.

  • Added us_national_population: Populations of the United States of America.

  • Added early_colleges: Colleges founded in the United States before 1848.

  • Added paulist_missions: Missions held by the Paulists Fathers,1851-1893.

  • Added judges_people and judges_appointments: Federal judges, 1789--present.

  • Added tudors: relationships among the Tudor dynasty.

Reference manual

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0.1 by Lincoln Mullen, 5 years ago

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Authors: Lincoln Mullen [aut, cre]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

MIT + file LICENSE license

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