Mining Wages in Nineteenth Century Newspaper Job Advertisements

Newspaper advertisements contain valuable information on many socio-economic historical developments. In Digital History research, advertisements are mostly used to study goods, products and consumer society. Advertisements, however, were not only used to sell, but also to ask. Job advertisements feature frequently in the nineteenth century. This projects aims to computationally extract job advertisements from the nineteenth century digitized newspapers provided by the Royal Dutch Library. The goal of this project is to aggregate the wages that were mentioned in this advertisements to gain a better insight in the economic development of ‘keukenmeiden’ and ‘dienstbodes’.

Involvement DHLab: Ruben Ros, Marieke van Erp