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U.S. Decennial Census: Guides & Documentation

Decade by decade information about how to access and use U.S. Census reports.

Guides & Documentation

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey
Location: ebook: CQ Press/ Gale Virtual Reference
Comparison: Census 2000, Census 2010, and the American Community Survey
Excellent guide from Southern Illinois University compares questions between these three surveys
Location: http://siue.libguides.com/content.php?pid=201864&sid=1687210
 
200 Years of U.S. Census Taking
Census years: 1790-1990
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.2:T 93
Bibliography and reel index: a guide to the microfilm edition of U. S. decennial census publications, 1790-1970
Census years: 1790-1970
Location: GovPub Stacks Z7554.U5 R47 1975 GovPub Reference & Micnews Z7554.U5 G77
 
Catalog of United States Census Publications, 1790-1945/ 1790-1972
Census years: 1790-1945/ 1790-1972
Location: GovPub Stacks Z7554.U5 U62 1950/ GovPub Reference Z7554.U5 U58 1974
 
Census descriptions of geographic subdivisions and enumeration districts, 1830-1950. 1870 volume [microform]
Census year: 1870
Location: Suzzallo Library, MicNews Microfilm A12283 1 microfilm reel
 
Census descriptions of geographic subdivisions and enumeration districts, 1830-1950. 1880 volumes [microform]
Census year: 1880
Location: Suzzallo Library, MicNews Microfilm A12284 2 microfilm reels (no. 4, 6)
 
Census descriptions of geographic subdivisions and enumeration districts, 1830-1950. 1890, vol. 2, 8, 11 [microform]
Census year: 1890
Location: Suzzallo Library, MicNews Microfilm A12285 3 microfilm reels (no. 8, 14, 17)
 
Census descriptions of geographic subdivisions and enumeration districts, 1830-1950. 1900, vol. 3, 15, 16, 19, 20 [microform]
Census year: 1900
Location: Suzzallo Library, MicNews Microfilm A12286 3 microfilm reels (no. 19, 25, 27)
 
Census descriptions of geographic subdivisions and enumeration districts, 1830-1950. 1910, vol. 8-11, 33-36, 45-47 [microform]
Census year: 1910
Location: Suzzallo Library, MicNews Microfilm A12287 3 microfilm reels (no. 29, 36, 40)
 
Census descriptions of geographic subdivisions and enumeration districts, 1830-1950. 1920 volumes [microform]
Census year: 1920
Location: Suzzallo Library, MicNews Microfilm A12288 3 microfilm reels (no. 43, 55, 59)
 
Index to occupations, alphabetical and classified.
Census years: 1915
Location: GovPub Stacks HA201 1910 .Z4 1915

Index to occupations, alphabetical and classified
Census years: 1915
Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no/ C3.2-78            
 
Classified index to occupations.
Census years: 1920
Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.2-79.1, Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.2-79.2
 
Classified index of occupations. Fifteenth census of the United States.
Census years: 1930
Location: GovPub Stacks HA201 1930a .Z4 1930
 
Sixteenth census of the United States. Classified index of occupations. Occupation classification based on the standard
classification.
Census years: 1940
Location: GovPub Stacks HA201 1940 .Z42 1940
 
Classified index of occupations and industries : 1950 census of population.
Census years: 1950
Location: Baker Auxiliary Stacks 331 Un36i 1950 C
 
Classified index of occupations and industries. 1960 census of population.
Census years: 1960
Location: GovPub Stacks HA201 1960 .A46 1960
 
1970 census of population. Classified index of industries and occupations.
Census years: 1970
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.223:Oc 1/2/970
 
1970 census of population : microfiche final reports : report 1-Alphabetical index of industries and occupations, report 2-Classified index of industries and occupations
Census years: 1970
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 51.11:P 81/970-7
 
1980 census of population : classified index of industries and occupations.
Census years: 1980
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.223:Oc 1/2/980
 
1980 census of population : classified index of industries and occupations.
Census years: 1980
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.223/22:80-R 4
 
1990 census of population and housing. classified index of industries and occupations.
Census years: 1790-1990
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.223/22:90-R-4 GovPub Stacks HA201 1990 .A569 v.R-4

Congressional Quarterly's encyclopedia of the U.S. census
Census years: 1790-2000
Location: Bothell/CCC Referecnce, GovPub Reference, Odegaard Reference, Suzzallo First Floor Reference HA 37.U55 C66 2000

Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames from the 1990 Census, Census Bureau
Census year: 1990 

Geographic Areas Reference Manual
Census years: 1790-2000
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.6/2:G 29/4
 
Instructions to enumerators for filling Schedule No. 2 [microform] : Agriculture.
Census years: 1900
Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks  Microfiche M-5003, no. I1307a-3
 
Instructions to enumerators [microform] : Manufactures.
        Census years: 1900
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. I1307a-152 
 
Thirteenth Census of U.S., Apr. 15, 1910. Special instructions to enumerators, relating to enumeration of Indians [microform].
        Census years: 1910
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.6-32
 
Thirteenth Census of U.S., Apr. 15, 1910. Instructions to enumerators, including supplementalinstructions for collection of statistics of manufactures and of mines and quarries [microform]. 
        Census years: 1910
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.6-28, no. C3.6-29
 
Census of Virgin Islands of U.S., Nov. 1, 1917 [microform] : Instructions to enumerators.
        Census years: 1917
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.6-38
 
Fourteenth Census of U.S., Jan. 1, 1920. Instructions to enumerators [microform].
        Census years: 1920
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.28-13.3, no. C3.28-13.4
 
Fourteenth Census [microform] : Agriculture. Supplemental instructions to enumerators for filling out agricultural schedules.
        Census years: 1920
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.28-13.1, no. C3.28-13.2
 
U.S. Census of Agriculture, 1925. Instructions to enumerators [microform].
        Census years: 1925
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.6-21.1, no. C3-6-21.2
 
Census of distribution, manufactures, and mines and quarries: 1929. Instructions for preparing distribution, manufactures, and mines and quarries reports. Cities having 10,000 or more inhabitants
        Census years: 1930
        Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.37/6:D 63 c
 
Fifteenth Census of U.S. Instructions to enumerators, population and agriculture [microform] : Hawaii.
        Census years: 1930
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.37-37
 
Fifteenth Census of U.S., Oct. 1, 1929. Instructions to enumerators [microform] : Alaska.
        Census years: 1930
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.37-29
 
Census of distribution, manufactures, and mines and quarries: 1929. Instructions for preparing distribution, manufactures, and mines and quarries reports. Small cities and rural regions
        Census years: 1930
        Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.37/6:D 63 Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.37-33, no. C3.37-34
 
Fifteenth Census, 1930. Instructions to special enumerators, irrigation and drainage [microform].
        Census years: 1930
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.37-38
 
Fifteenth Census. Instructions to enumerators [microform] : Population and agriculture.
        Census years: 1930
        Location: Suzzallo Basement Closed Stacks Microfiche M-5003, no. C3.37-35.1 to C3.37-35.3
 
Fifteenth census. Instructions to enumerators. Special unemployment census
        Census years: 1930
        Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.37/6:En 87
 
Instructions to enumerators : fifteenth census : population and agriculture
        Census years: 1930
        Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.37/6:En 8
 
Instructions to enumerators for business and manufactures, 1939 : sixteenth decennial census of the United States.
        Census years: 1940
        Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.940-6:B 96
 
Instructions to U.S. Marshals & Assistants, U.S. Census Bureau
        Census years: 1860
Key to the published and tabulated data for small areas (preliminary)
Census: 1940
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.940:K 52 

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790 - 1920
Census: 1790-1920
Location: GovPub Reference  HA195 .T46 1987    

Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000, U.S. Census Bureau
Census: 1790-2000
Location: GovPub Reference  C 3.2:M 46/2/REV. GovPub U.S. Stacks  C 3.2:M 46/2   

Population and housing inquiries in U.S. decennial censuses, 1790-1970
Census: 1790-1970
Location: GovPub U.S. Stacks C 3.214:no.39
 
Population Information in Nineteenth Century Census Volumes
Census: 1790-1890
Location: GovPub Reference Z7164.D3 S44 1983
 
Population Information in Twentieth Century Census Volumes: 1900 - 1940
Census: 1900-1940
Location: GovPub Reference  Z7164.D3 S45 1985   

Population Information in Twentieth Century Census Volumes: 1950 - 1980
Census: 1950-1980
Location: GovPub Reference  Z7164.D3 S46 1988

Procedural history of the 1940 census of population and housing
Census: 1940
Location: GovPub Stacks HA201 1940 .J46 1985  

Measuring America

Measuring America

Image courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Schulze's Guides

Suzanne Schulze's guides to the population censuses are consulted frequently. Schulze's detailed guides allow users to read about the variables and coverage of each census volume before spending time in a fruitless quest.
 
Population Information in Nineteenth Century Census Volumes
Census years: 1790-1890
Location: GovPub Reference Z7164.D3 S44 1983
 
Population Information in Twentieth Century Census Volumes: 1900 - 1940
Census years: 1900-1940
Location: GovPub Reference  Z7164.D3 S45 1985   

Population Information in Twentieth Century Census Volumes: 1950 - 1980
Census years: 1950-1980
Location: GovPub Reference  Z7164.D3 S46 1988

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