Women's Studies Section
Association of College & Research Libraries / American Library Association
|Historical Census Browser|
|Primary Source Types for Women's Studies||
|Subjects for Women's Studies||African American Women|
|Asian American Women|
|Labor / Employment|
|Native American Women|
|Archive is Ongoing / Completed||Completed|
|Publisher||Geospatial and Statistical Data Center, University of Virginia Library|
|Date Searched||January 2007|
Data and terminology found in the Historical Census Browser were drawn directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing. Data differ somewhat from decade to decade according to what was collected in the census and the items chosen for transcription to electronic form. All decades include basic counts of population, housing units, race, gender, and some measure of household size and occupation. Beginning with 1840, some economic characteristics such as education and occupation are included. Later decades have many variables, including ancestry, literacy, and income variables.
Data selection for this site was carried out under guidelines developed by the American Historical Association and reflect an interest in political and economic analyses. Census data for each decade is grouped into categories. The categories are not part of the original data.
Women's Studies Content
Statistical data of interest to women's studies varies by decade, depending on the time period and what was collected in the census. Some examples:
Searching is not available, but the menu system for browsing is very straightforward. Data are organized by decade and further organized by categories within each decade. Data are organized into category, allowing one to easily compare a topic across multiple years.
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