Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 is available as a 2 volume set and as a freely available electronic resource for much of the relevant data. Some data from this set is also available online from the University of Virginia through its Historical Census Browser. In addition, Cambridge University Press has also produced a 5 volume updated millennial edition incorporating data through the 2000 Census, also available for purchase in online form from the publisher. The online subscription product Historical Statistics of the United States is available at the Library of Congress for on-site users only.
Bulletin of the Public Affairs Information Service; Annual Cumulation.
Continued as the Public Affairs Information Service [PAIS] Bulletin. .
New York : Public Affairs Information Service 1915 - 1990.
LC Call Number: Z7163 .P9
LC Catalog Record: 16000920
Period from 1972 forward also available in the subscription database product PAIS International. Access at the Library of Congress limited to users onsite.
Bulletin of the Department of Labor. (Bulletin of the Bureau of Labor). Washington [D.C. : G.P.O.: United States. Dept. of Labor. 1895-
LC Call Number: HD8051 .A62
LC Catalog Record: sf84007032
Some issues are available online from Hathi Trust Digital Library.
Another source of interest, though mostly for manufacturing and labor concerns, is the Department of Labor's Bulletin which was begun in 1895 and continued under various names. The Department has prepared a subject index of the articles appearing in the Bulletins (and other publications) from 1978-1998, and there are earlier indices for the material predating 1978.
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.
LC Call Number: Z7554.U5 U58 1974
LC Catalog Record: 74600076
Full text available online [PDF format: 175 MB / 929 p.]
This title is intended to aid researchers in finding the call number for specific Census publications related to the Decennial Census as well as the Economic Census and it's ancestors. It includes the demographic content as well as the manufacturing, commerce, and industries content. The Census has also digitized Census catalogs going back to 1946.
Business Periodicals Index. New York, H.W. Wilson Co. v. 27 cm. v. 1- Jan. 1958/June 1959 - present.
LC Call Number: Z7164.C81 B983
LC Catalog Record: 58012645
Successor to The Industrial Arts Index. Index also available online as part of EBSCO (H.W. Wilson) Business Full Text database beginning in 1982. Abstracts are included beginning in 1984. Full text of articles from nearly 500 publications begins in 1995. The content from the volume is now part of the database Applied Science and Business Periodicals Retrospective. Access to the online database is limited to users onsite.
Carter, Susan B. et al. Historical Statistics of the United States : Earliest Times to the Present. Millennial ed. New York : Cambridge University Press, c2006.
LC Call Number: HA202 .H57 2006
LC Catalog Record: 2005027089
Table of Contents
Related to Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.
Funk & Scott Index of Corporations & Industries. Cleveland [etc.] Funk & Scott Pub. Co. 1960 - present.
LC Call Number: Z7165.U5 F23
LC Catalog Record: 63025278
LC Catalog Record: 81641652
LC Catalog Record: 94657040
Also known as Predicast's F & S Index United States and the F&S Index.
Harvard Studies in Business History. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press. Series.
See the Library of Congress online catalog for information on LC holdings.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. [prepared by] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
LC Call Number: HA202.H57
LC Catalog Record: 89002274
An online edition is available from the U.S. Bureau of the Census, which offers the data as either PDF or ZIP files (Part 1 - PDF | ZIP - 52.2 MB;
Part 2 - PDF | ZIP - 66.1 MB )
The Industrial Arts Index. Annual Cumulation. White Plains, N.Y. : H.W. Wilson, 1913-1957.
LC Call Number: Z7913 .I7
LC Catalog Record: 2001201675
Continued by the Business Periodicals Index.
International Index to Periodicals. New York : H.W. Wilson Co., 1907-1955.
LC Call Number: AI3 .R49
LC Catalog Record: 88640970
Content from the print index is also included in the Wilson Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective online database. Access to the database limited to onsite users.
Larson, Henrietta M., Guide to Business History: Materials for the study of American Business History and Suggestions for their Use. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1948.
LC Call Number: Z7164.C81 L25
LC Catalog Record: 48007565
Individual business units are covered. Includes sections on the history of
individual units and industries like agriculture, banks, communications, construction,
distribution concerns, insurance, manufacturing, mining, petroleum, printing and publishing,
public utilities, real estate, transportation, and miscellaneous industries with further breakdowns by type.
Also includes other historical business sources.
Nineteenth Century Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. New York : H.W. Wilson Co. 1890-1899.
LC Call Number: AI3 .R496
LC Catalog Record: a 44005439
Included as part of the Wilson Readers' Guide Retrospective online database. Access to the database limited to onsite users.
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature. rev. ed. New York, P. Smith, 1938.
LC Call Number: AI3 .P7 1938
LC Catalog Record: 38032445
Included in the Nineteenth Century Masterfile online database. Access to the database limited to patrons onsite. An electronic copy of the 3rd edition dated 1882 is available from the HathiTrust.
Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin (Annual). Formerly the Bulletin of the Public Affairs Information Service. New York : Public Affairs Information Service, 1915-1990.
LC Call Number: Z7163 .P9
LC Catalog Record: 16000920
LC Catalog Record: 88651996
LC Catalog Record: 88651993
The subscription database product PAIS Archive provides access to the digitized version of the PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin published 1915-1976. Period from 1972 forward is available in PAIS International. Access to the databases is limited to onsite users.
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. Minneapolis : H.W. Wilson Co., 1900 - present.
LC Call Number: AI3 .R48
LC Catalog Record: 06008232
Period from 1990 to 1982 included in Wilson's Readers' Guide Retrospective online database. Access to the database is limited to onsite users.
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. Supplement. Minneapolis, Minn. : H.W. Wilson Co., [1913 - 1919].
LC Call Number: AI3 .R49
LC Catalog Record: 88640960
Continued by the International Index to Periodicals.
Statistical Abstract of the United States. Prepared by the chief of the Bureau of Statistics, Treasury Department. Washington : U.S. G.P.O., 1879 - present.
LC Call Number: HA202
LC Catalog Record: 04018089
Both the Statistical Abstract of the United States and the Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 are very good about sourcing the data, which is a good way to track more detailed information.
Census of Population and Housing
These are digitized versions of the print volumes created from the Census of Population and Housing from 1790-2010. Different Census years can vary as to what is included and what was even digitized. For example in the 1810 Census there was a volume that included "A statement of the arts and manufactures of the United States of America, for the year 1810" that wasn't included in the 1820. The 1870 Census had a volume devoted to "The statistics of the wealth and industry of the United States" while the 1930 had separate volumes for Agriculture (which was in multiple volumes), Manufactures, Mines and Quarries, and Distribution (retail in one volume, wholesale in another). There is also a Special Collections area which has digitized Census Bulletins covering many topics including: Census of Manufactures: 1905; Chemicals and allied products; Cotton Production (various years); Census of Electrical Industries (various years); Census of Manufactures (various years); etc.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
This is a two-volume print set but Census has made this volume as well as earlier title that covers 1789 - 1945 available online. The notes that tell where the data came from can be used to get to more detailed data that this title didn't include.
Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia)
This data is drawn directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing and covers the years 1790-1960. Most data is demographic and related to people, but there is some Agriculture and Economy/Manufacturing/Employment data. This web site is more of a database than .pdf images of print material.
Please note that access to these subscription products at the Library of Congress is limited to onsite patrons.
There are several subscription databases that are adding historical full-text
articles in PDF format. ProQuest offers two — American
Periodicals Series Online and ProQuest Historical Newspapers & Periodicals. Historical Newspapers & Periodicals includes over a dozen historical United States and British newspapers along with hundreds of American periodicals.
Readex also offers a product, America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922 , which includes hundreds of historic newspapers published in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Applied Science and Business Retrospective
Includes citations to content from 1913-1983 from various print Wilson's title including Applied Science, Business Periodicals, and Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957). This is not full-text but provides citation information to articles that cover important events, issues, and trends in the history of business and industry.
Historical Statistics of the United States. Millenial Edition
This electronic version of the print source is a compendium of statistics from over 1,000 sources containing over 37,000 data series and covering the social, economic, and political life of the United States from the earliest times to the present.
Mergent Web Reports (formerly Mergent Corporate Manuals)
This electronic product from Mergent (formerly Moody's) offers searches of current and historical data (from 1900s to present), originally appearing in the company's print directories. This company also offers a separate product, Mergent Online, that provides industry reports for the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
PAIS Archive and PAIS International
The electronic version of the print source with references to journal articles,
books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports,
conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material,
and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed.
Readers Guide Retrospective and Readers Guide Full-Text
The electronic version of the print product that contains citations for popular
journal titles in the fields of business, fashion, consumer affairs, fine arts, current events,
health and nutrition, education, and sports. The Retrospective has 100+ years of citations
from more than 500 leading popular periodicals and magazines while the full-text offers
citations and some full-text.
Nineteenth Century Masterfile.
Contains Poole's Index to Periodical Literature among many other sources. It covers
60 core subject indexes to periodicals, books, newspapers, patents, and U.S. and UK government
documents covering the early 1700's to 1906.
Additional works on this subject in the Library of Congress may be identified by searching the Online Catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings. Selecting a subject heading below will link you directly to the Catalog and automatically execute a search for the authorized subject selected. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog. For assistance in locating other subject headings related to this topic, please consult a reference librarian.
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