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U.S.Census - Research Guide THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER MAINTAINED

Census statistics have been collected in the United States every ten years since 1790. The Van Pelt Library has the major publications from each census. They are listed in Franklin, with format and locations noted. Most of the older printed census materials can be found on the fourth floor of the Van Pelt Library at the call number HA 201 [decennial year]. Select a decennial year a guide to the decennial census.


Guides to the Decennial Census
Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000. (online version). Washington, D.C. : U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, 2002.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Stacks: HA37.U55 M43 2002]
United States. Bureau of the Census. Bureau of the Census catalog of publications, 1790-1972. Washington : U. S. Dept. of Commerce, Social and Economic Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U. S. Govt. Print. Off., 1974.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Desk: Z7554.U5 U58 1974]
Library of Congress. Census Library Project. Catalog of United States census publications, 1790-1945. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1950.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: Z7554.U5 U62]
[Van Pelt Library Stacks: Z7554.U5 U62]
[Lippincott Library Reference Stacks: Z7554.U5 U32 1790-1945]
Cook, Kevin L. Dubester's U.S. census bibliography with SuDocs class numbers and indexes Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1996.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: HA214 .C66 1996]
Bohme, Frederick G. 200 years of U.S. census taking : population and housing questions, 1790-1990. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Buresu of the Census : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., [1989].
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Desk: HA37.U52 B68 1989]
Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in twentieth century census volumes, 1900-1940. [Phoenix, Ariz.] : Oryx Press, 1985.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Desk: HA214 .S352 1985]
Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in twentieth century census volumes, 1950-1980 . Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1988.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Desk: HA214 .S46 1988]
Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in nineteenth century census volumes . Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 1983.
Location:[Van Pelt Library Reference Desk: HA214 .S35 1983]
Thorndale, William. Map guide to the U.S. federal censuses, 1790-1920. Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: HA217 .T46 1987]
United States. Bureau of Labor. The history and growth of the United States census, prepared for by the Senate Committee on the Census. Washington, Govt. Print. Off.; New York, Johnson Reprint Corp. [1966].
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: HA37 .U5 1966]

Historical Census Data Online
PDF-format versions of historic US decennial census volumes, 1790 to present. Topics covered include basic counts of population and housing, with race and gender, for the nation, states, counties, townships and municipalities, tracts, and some small areas (e.g., wards). From 1840 to present, social and economic information is provided.
The data describe the population and economy of U.S. states and counties from 1790 to 1960 and is from decennial census conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Compiled by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

General Statistical Publications
United States. Bureau of the Census. Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Stacks: 1878-1992,1994-present; latest at Ref Desk, last 9 years in Ref Stacks.
[Lippincott Library Stacks: HA202], 1901-2002, 1927 missing
http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/, online version 1995-present.
United States. Bureau of the Census. Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Washington : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1975.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Stacks: HA202 .A385 1975]
[Van Pelt Library Refernce Desk: HA202 .A385 1975]
[Lippincott Stacks: HA202 .A385 1975]
Dodd, Don. Historical statistics of the states of the United States : two centuries of the census, 1790-1990. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.
Location: [Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: HA214 .H57 1993]
County and City Data Book. [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census : [For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O.], 1952-
Location: [Van Pelt Library Stacks: HA202 .A35]; 1949,1952,1956,1962,1967,1972,1977,1983,1988; latest at Reference Desk.
[Lippincott Library Reference Stacks: HA202 .A36], 1949, 1952, 1956, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1983, 1988, 1994, 2000
Formed by the union of Cities Supplement, 1940 and County Data Book, 1947
Statistical sources from 1970 to present, with some historical data.
Link: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/7045

Vital Statistics
Vital Statistics of the United States. Washington, D.C. : United States Bureau of the Census : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1939-
Location: [Van Pelt Library Stacks: Some years incomplete 1937-1987,1988:v.3,1989-1991,1992:v.1-1992:v.2 A,B 1993:v.1-Natality]
[Lippincott Library: HA203 .A22], some years
[Biomedical Library Reference: Oversize RA407.3 U58v], some years
United States. Bureau of the Census. Mortality statistics; annual report. Washington, For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.
Location: [Lippincott Library: HA203 .A25], 1st (1900)-37th (1936)
United States. Bureau of the Census. Birth, stillbirth, and infant mortality statistics for the continental United States, the territory of Hawaii, the Virgin Islands; annual report. United States. Bureau of the Census.
Continues Birth, stillbirth, and infant mortality statistics for the birth registration area of the United States 8th-18th; 1922-32
Location: [Lippincott Library: HA203 .A2], 19th(1933)-22d(1936)
Online version from the CDC.
Link: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/vsus/vsus.htm
Federal population and mortality schedules 1790-1910 in the National Archives and the states [microform]. Washington : National Archives and Records Administration, 1986.
Location: Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks HA37.U547 F73 1986


Finding Other Publications from the Census Bureau

For other printed volumes by the Census Bureau, search Franklin, the Penn Library Catalog.

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