NACDA Aging Archive Data Update: UNION ARMY VETERANS STUDY

James McNally jmcnally at ICPSR.UMICH.EDU
Wed Jan 27 09:06:21 EST 1999


DATA RELEASE:

The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), announces the
availability of two updated studies on Union Army Veterans by Robert Fogel,
et al:

Aging of Veterans of the Union Army: Military, Pension, and Medical
Records, 1820-1940 (Version M4)

Aging of Veterans of the Union Army: United States Federal Census Records,
1850, 1860, 1900, 1910 (Version C2)

These studies, funded by NIA and NSF, are available for public download
from the NACDA website at:

		http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACDA/archive.html  

To access the study on Military, Pension, and Medical Records enter study
number 6837 from the "get study" box of the webpage, and point and click to
download data and documentation for analysis.  

To access the study on United States Federal Census Records enter study
number 6836 from the "get study" box of the webpage, and point and click to
download data and documentation for analysis.  

Documentation for both the studies have been converted to pdf Acrobat Files
for ease in use.  Acrobat Readers can be obtained at no cost from:

		http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html

Earlier versions of the UNION ARMY VETERANS STUDIES (Version M2 and C1) can
be obtained from ICPSR User Support upon request but these versions
supercede all previous versions of these studies. 

Any comments, concerns or interests regarding the use of this data are
welcomed.  Feel free to contact us at our e-mail address:

		NACDA at icpsr.umich.edu:

DATA INFORMATION: AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: MILITARY, PENSION,
AND MEDICAL RECORDS, 1820-1940;

NACAD Study #: 6837; 

First Added: Jun. 24, 1997; 

Date Upadated: Jan. 26, 1999; 

Investiagtors: Fogel, Robert W., et al.; 

Title: AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: MILITARY, PENSION, AND MEDICAL
RECORDS, 1820-1940; 

Abstract: This data collection constitutes a portion of the historical data
collected by the project ''Early Indicators of Later Work Levels, Disease,
and Death.'' With the goal of constructing datasets suitable for
longitudinal analyses of factors affecting the aging process, the project
is collecting military, medical, and socioeconomical data on a sample of
white males mustered into the Union Army during the Civil War. The project
seeks to examine the influence of environmental and host factors prior to
recruitment on the health performance and survival of recruits during
military service, to identify and show relationships between socioeconomic
and biomedical conditions (including nutritional status) of veterans at
early ages and mortality rates from diseases at middle and late ages, and
to study the effects of health and pensions on labor force participation
rates of veterans at ages 65 and over. This installment of the collection,
Version M-4, supersedes the previous collection (Version M-2), and contains
data from military service, pension, and medical records of veterans who
were originally mustered into the Union Army in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New
York, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New
Hampshire, Washington, DC, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia,
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota. Data from these records include date
and place of birth, place of residence, marital status, number of children,
occupation, wealth and income, muster place and date, length of service,
battles fought, medical experiences (e.g., illness, wounds, and hospital
stays), health status, pension information, and date, place, and cause of
death. Additional variables provide the place and date of birth of the
recruits' wives, children, and parents. Part 1, Combined Data, consists of
data from military, pension, and medical records. The variables in Part 4,
Linkage Data, indicate which major document sources were located for each
recruit. 

Collection Contents: 5 data files (SAS Transport files) and
machine-readable documentation (PDF) 

PROCESSING NOTE: Data is currently released in the form of SAS Transport
files as provided by the investigator.  Future updates will provide flat
data files and source code.  Translation of SAS Transport files to SAS
system files uses the following Proc Cimport program script: 

libname myapp 'file location for working SAS file';
filename tranfile 'file location for SAS transport file';
proc cimport data=myapp.file infile=tranfile;
run;

Data Restrictions: To preserve respondent privacy, certain identifying
variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this
information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of
individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with
existing servicing policies. 

Funding Agencies: National Institutes of Health and the National Science
Foundation.; 

Grant Numbers: NIH PO1 AG10120 and NSF SBR 9114981; 

Special Notes: 
(1) Parts 1-4 are provided as SAS transport files that were produced by the
SAS CPORT procedure.
(2) Users interested in the previous version of this collection, AGING OF
VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY (VERSION M-2): MILITARY, PENSION AND MEDICAL
RECORDS FOR VETERANS OF THE OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA REGIMENTS, 1820-1940,
should contact ICPSR User Support. 
(3) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is
distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially
the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy
documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables
have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. 
(4) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The
PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be
accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided
through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.; 

Title: AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
RECORDS, 1850, 1860, 1900, 1910

NACDA Study #: 6836; 

Date First added: Apr. 14, 1997; 

Date Updated: Jan. 26, 1999; 

Investigators: Fogel, Robert W., et al.; 

Study Title: AGING OF VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY: UNITED STATES FEDERAL
CENSUS RECORDS, 1850, 1860, 1900, 1910; 

Abstract: This data collection constitutes a portion of the historical data
collected by the project ''Early Indicators of Later Work Levels, Disease,
and Death.'' With the goal of constructing datasets suitable for
longitudinal analyses of factors affecting the aging process, the project
is collecting military, medical, and socioeconomical data on a sample of
white males mustered into the Union Army during the Civil War. The project
seeks to examine the influence of environmental and host factors prior to
recruitment on the health performance and survival of recruits during
military service, to identify and show relationships between socioeconomic
and biomedical conditions (including nutritional status) of veterans at
early ages and mortality rates from diseases at middle and late ages, and
to study the effects of health and pensions on labor force participation
rates of veterans at ages 65 and over. This installment of the collection,
Version C-2, supersedes the previous collection (Version C-1), and contains
data from the censuses of 1850, 1860, 1900, and 1910 on veterans who were
originally mustered into the Union Army in Connecticut, Delaware, District
of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia. Data from these
censuses include place of residence, relationship to head of household,
date and place of birth, number of children, education, disability status,
employment status, number of years in the United States, literacy, marital
status, occupation, parents' birthplace, and property/home ownership.

Collection Contents: 1 data file (SAS Transport File) and machine-readable
documentation (PDF); 

PROCESSING NOTE: Data is currently released in the form of SAS Transport
files as provided by the investigator.  Future updates will provide flat
data files and source code.  Translation of SAS Transport files to SAS
system files uses the following Proc Cimport program script: 

libname myapp 'file location for working SAS file';
filename tranfile 'file location for SAS transport file';
proc cimport data=myapp.file infile=tranfile;
run;

Funding Agencies: National Institutes of Health and the National Science
Foundation.; 

Grant Numbers: NIH PO1 AG10120 and NSF SBR 9114981; 

Collection Notes:
(1) The data are provided as a SAS transport file that was produced by the
SAS CPORT procedure.
(2) Users interested in the previous version of this collection, AGING OF
VETERANS OF THE UNION ARMY (VERSION C-1): UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
RECORDS FOR VETERANS OF THE ILLINOIS, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, AND OHIO
REGIMENTS, 1850, 1860, 1900, 1910, should contact ICPSR User Support.
(3) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is
distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially
the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy
documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables
have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. 
(4) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The
PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be
accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided
through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.;

_________________________________________________________
			NACDA's MISSION
"The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), located
within ICPSR, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. NACDA's 
mission is to advance research on aging by helping researchers to profit from 
the under-exploited potential of a broad range of datasets. NACDA acquires 
and preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed 
to promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and 
facilitates their use. By preserving and making available the U.S.'s largest 
library of electronic data on aging, NACDA offers opportunities for research 
on major issues of scientific and policy relevance."

_______________________________________________________________
James W. McNally, Ph.D.				Office: 734-998-9820
NACDA  Manager					Fax:    734-998-9889
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging	
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