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Welcome to the Student Name Database. The goal of this project is to develop a database which includes every name in the eighteenth and nineteenth century school and college catalogues in the collections of the American Antiquarian Society through 1900. To date, the database includes 1,015,499 names from 3,159 school catalogues from over 383 educational institutions.
School catalogues are rich historical resources in which the names of the students, trustees and teachers who attended, managed and taught at the various educational institutions are recorded. The Student, Teacher, and Trustee Database Project, 1800-1900, not only lists names, but adds "context keywords" to each name, every time it appears in a catalogue, something which was not done in the original printed source. By placing these names into their contexts, researchers can build complex searches which not only reveal specific information about the name being searched but also provide a way to access additional information about that person. Some examples of this are the ability to find classmates of a student, how many persons from a certain town attended a specific institution, or how many schools a person attended.
For a list of the more common "context keyword" phrases, click on "Examples" next to the Context Keyword(s) search box. For examples of possible searches, see Help tab above.
Use of this database is free, thanks to the generosity of the American Antiquarian Society in providing access via its web site. And, each source citation of a school catalogue is linked to the online catalog record of the American Antiquarian Society for reference. To go directly to the search page, click Search tab above.
The project director is Richard P. Morgan.
This database is constantly being updated with new names from new institutions. For a list of institutions indexed, click "Examples" next to the School search box.
If you have any questions or comments about the database, or need more help in using the site, please contact us. A project of this size and scope is surely a group project, and we welcome any and all comments, corrections or suggestions.
Please e-mail the library with your comments, corrections or suggestions.