Archival Research

Stephen T Ziliak statistical significance law

The Primary Archival Research Projects of Stephen T. Ziliak

Exordium – I’m an economist who likes to get at the root of things.  That is by, among other things, digging through primary source documents kept on deposit at one of the world’s data-rich historical archives.

In the archives I systematically survey, collect, and analyze original source data and correspondence – the roots of evidence and belief.  The scientific proof is not in the pudding, I find; it’s frequently hiding somewhere in the basement, in a big departure   from conventional wisdom.

Redditio causae – My additional training in statistics, history, and rhetoric helps.

Testing, Estimation & the Design of Experiments – the Scientific Contributions of William Sealy Gosset aka Student (1876-1937): Guinness Archives (Guinness Storehouse, Dublin); University College London Special Collections Library (London, UK); Museum for English Rural Life (University of Reading, UK); Cork County Archives (Cork, Ireland); National Library of Ireland; National Archives of Ireland; Trinity College Dublin, Library; New College, University of Oxford; Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; Winchester College, UK (2006 – ongoing)

 The History, Economics, Philosophy & Sociology of Statistical Significance: University College London Special Collections (Francis Galton, Karl Pearson, Egon Pearson, W. S. Gosset, Ronald Fisher, and Jerzy Neyman files); University of Chicago (Crerar, Regenstein, and Eckhart libraries); University of Illinois-Chicago (Health Sciences, Math, and Science libraries); Guinness Archives (Guinness Storehouse, Dublin) (2004-2010); Georgia Institute of Technology (Main) (2001-2002); University of Iowa (Main, Math) (1993-1996)

Classical Economics, Literary Representations of Poverty & the Rise and Fall of the Poorhouse: University of Iowa, Main Library, Government Publications (Iowa City, IA); Emory University Woodruff Library, Government Publications (Atlanta, GA); Bowling Green State University, Main Library, Government Publications (Bowling Green, OH); Indiana Historical Society Library; Indiana State Library; Iowa Historical Society Library (Indianapolis) (1997-2002)

Welfare Reform in History—Privatization & the Charity Organization Society: Indiana Historical Society Library (Indianapolis); Indiana State Library (Indianapolis); Iowa Historical Society Library (Iowa City); City of Indianapolis Department of Municipal Records; Indiana University-Purdue University Main Library; Marion County Public Library (Indianapolis) (1994-1997)