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Censuses of Population: 1940

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Census Data

Historical Census Browser 1790-1960 External Link

This browse-only web site allows you to examine state and county level topics for individual census years from 1790 to 1960. You can look at multiple topics, create specific tables and generate maps.
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Census Connections

A Guide To Locating Selected U.S. Decennial And Economic Census Publications In The Library Of Congress

Table of Contents

Census Reference Publications
      Censuses of Population
            Census Data
            Specific Censuses
            State Censuses
      Economic Censuses
Census Search Strategies
Current Business Reports
Special Censuses
LC Catalog Searches

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Head-and-shoulders portrait of Uncle Sam, Census 1940.
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Census of Population and Housing Publications

This page contains links to all of the historical census reports from 1790 to 2010, including Census of Housing reports). Note: Not all titles are available within these online individual census reports series. Those titles indicated as not available can be searched using the Library of Congress Online Catalog to determine LC holdings: Direct links to the catalog records pertaining to the 1940 decennial Census are included below.

1940 Census (United States. Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census )

Selected Print Resources in the collections of the Library of Congress related to the
United States--Census--1940

For access to printed reports from the 1940 Census, see also Dubester Online [PDF format: 176 MB/ 929pp.] to identify LC Call Numbers for reports available in the Library of Congress.

Census History

Procedural History of the 1940 Census of Population and Housing by Robert M. Jenkins. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. 151 p. Bibliography: p. 147-148
LC Call Number: HA201 1940
LC Catalog Record:

Published in 1985, this book gives detailed information on how the 1940 Census was taken to include planning stages, decisions made at critical phases, field work procedures, publication, people involved, and more.

Decennial Census History

See the 1940 Overview Section for links to additional information about the 1940 census, including reports and statistics.

Measuring America : the decennial censuses from 1790 to 2000. Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [2002]
Online: [PDF Format: 16.45 MB/ 149pp.]
LC Call Number: HA37.U55M376 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2002485403

Provides for each decennial census: the questionnaires and instructions, individual histories of the U.S. decennial censuses, census cost, sampling, publicity, availability of population schedules, and more. Information on the 1940 Census appears on page 135.

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Catalogs, Guides, Indexes

Alphabetical Index of Occupations and Industries. Washington, U. S. Govt. Print. Off., 1940.
LC Call Number: HA201 1940.Z4
LC Catalog Record: 40026653

Classified census responses to kind of work performed.

Census Tracts: 1940

Sixteenth Census of the U.S. : 1940. Population. Statistics for Census Tracts:1940
LC Call Number: HA201 1940.A46
LC Catalog Record: 46043494

Index To 1940 Census Tracts

See page 12 of the folder, "How To Locate Census Tracts in the Library of Congress," [PDF format: 786KB/17p.] also available at the Business Reference Desk in the Science and Business Reading Room of the Library of Congress. See also Dubester Online [PDF format: 176 MB/ 929pp.] to identify LC Call Numbers for reports available in the Library of Congress.

Schulze, Suzanne Population information in the Twentieth Century: 1900-1940.
LC Call Number: Z7164.D3545 1985
LC Catalog Record: 85011412

This publication provides subject access to the decennial censuses from 1900 to 1940, including subject access to tables in the census reports. Also included are LC Call Numbers and LC Catalog Record Numbers.

U.S. National Archives. "Descriptive Handout: Census Tract Data 1940-1970.". Elizabeth Mullen Bogue File.

Census Maps: 1940

Population Trends By Counties: 1940-1970
Cartographic material. Scale ca. 1:6,500,000
LC Call Number: G3701.E2 1970.U51 (Request in the Geography & Map Reading Room)
LC Catalog Record: gm71005508

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