English Information / Comparative material

The Stockholm Bankruptcy Database Project

Tidigmoderna konkurser is a relational database covering cases of bankruptcy in Stockholm between 1687 and 1849.

Investigating cases of bankruptcy in Stockholm in the early modern era is a time-consuming activity due to the fact that the source material is largely unavailable for large-scale analysis. The total information regarding each case of bankruptcy is stored in a number of different archival series, making information capture difficult and inefficient.

The project uses an intelligent balance between manual registration of certain archival series, and high definition scanning of other series, to create a relational database. This enables researchers to analyse large-scale shifts affecting the economical and social networks active in Stockholm in the covered period, and to study the process on a micro-level as well.

How different enterprises were financed during the early modern period – and the role of personal credit – is a major international research field which has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. The database created in this project enables resarchers to answers some of the questions that are attached to the field.

The database will – as far as possible – use international coding to make it available for overseas use. The database is created in a collaboration between Uppsala University and Stockholm City Archives.

Comparative material in other countries

Belgium

The Felix Archief in Antwerpen (Antwerpen City Archives) have documents regarding cases of bankruptcies in the Archives Insolvente Boedelskamer Antwerpen. This archival fond is registered as a Memory of the world by UNESCO. More information can be found here (use the search term Insolvente):

Information regarding cases of bankruptcy in the Felix Archives in Antwerpen.

Estonia

The Tallinn City Archives contain documents regarding cases of bankruptcies in the Tallinn Town Council Archives (Tallinna magistraat), series B.W, Commerce Council. More information can be found on the Baltic Connections website:

Information regarding cases of bankruptcy in the Tallinn City Archives.

Poland

The State Archives in Gdansk contain documents regarding cases of bankruptcies in the archives of the Gdansk Town Records - Office of the Presiding Burgomaster. More information can be found on the Baltic Connections website:

Information regarding cases of bankruptcy in the State Archives in Gdansk.

United Kingdom

The National Archives in the UK have documents concerning cases of bankruptcy in the Records of the Office of the Commissioners of Bankrupts, the successor bankruptcy courts, and the Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors. More information can be found here:

Information regarding cases of bankruptcy in the UK National Archives.