Pennsylvania Perspectives on the 2016 U.S. Election web archive
9790

Collection Overview

Title:
Pennsylvania Perspectives on the 2016 U.S. Election web archive
Dates (Inclusive):
September - November, 2016
Collection Number:
9790
Size:
448 Gigabytes
Size:
Websites comprise 448 gigabytes and over 5.3 million documents. Tweets collected total just under 18 million.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical / Historical

The 2016 United States Presidential election featured Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat, the first female candidate to win her party's nomination, and Donald J. Trump, a real estate mogul and political outsider who represented the Republican party. Despite winning the popular vote, Clinton was defeated by Trump, who won 290 Electoral College votes.

Heading into the election, Pennsylvania was considered a battleground state, and both Presidential candidates (and their surrogates) campaigned regularly in the state. Pennsylvania's twenty electoral votes went to Donald Trump, the first time since 1988 that Pennsylvanians selected a Republican.

Trump's victory cascaded down the ballot, as Republican candidates won the majority of political contests in the state. Pennsylvania's sole U.S. Senate seat was won by incumbent Pat Toomey, who defeated challenger Katie McGinty. Thirteen of eighteen U.S. House seats were won by Republicans. In the state legislature, Republicans maintained control of the Senate (with 34 seats to Democrats' 16) and the House (with 123 seats to Democrats' 80). Democratic candidates swept the major state executive office races, with Josh Shapiro, Joseph Torsella, and Eugene DePasquale winning the races for Attorney General, Treasurer, and Auditor General, respectively.

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Scope and Contents

This web and social media archive documents the diversity of Pennsylvania perspectives around the 2016 U.S. election. The collection includes dedicated election sections on Pennsylvania news outlet websites, campaign websites and social media communications of Pennsylvania candidates for state and federal political offices, websites and social media from statewide political advocacy groups, and the perspectives of university student organizations found on Facebook.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Complete Twitter data is only available to Penn State University staff and faculty, in accordance with Twitter's API Terms of Service. Tweet IDs are available to all researchers in ScholarSphere, Penn State University's institutional repository: https://scholarsphere.psu.edu/collections/cz30ps790.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Websites have been captured by the Special Collections Library using the Internet Archive's Archive-It service. Twitter data was captured from Twitter's Application Programming Interface (API) using Python scripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Captured websites are accessible online at: https://archive-it.org/collections/7694.

The archived websites can also be keyword searched using the search box below.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

George Washington University Libraries has harvested nearly 280 million tweets related to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Information available at: http://gwu-libraries.github.io/sfm-ui/posts/2016-11-30-election-dataset.

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Collection Inventory

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Scope and Contents

This subseries contains over 120 URLs, including websites and official Facebook pages, from Pennsylvania-based political advocacy groups.

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains over 260 campaign websites of Pennsylvania candidates for state and federal offices. Websites captured do not reflect all candidates running for office. Some candidates did not have campaign websites, and others did not have campaign websites that were crawlable by web capture tools.