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Locating U.S. Census Publications in the Library of Congress

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Compiled by Angela S. Wilson
Business Reference Services. Science, Technology, & Business Division

The following selected entries offer suggestions for locating census publications at the Library of Congress. Included are web sites, guides, LC call numbers, and location information for identifying census publications in electronic, print, CD-ROM, and microfiche formats.

For an indepth guidance to locating current and retrospective census publications, please see Census Connections: A Guide To Locating Selected U.S. Decennial And Economic Census Publications In The Library Of Congress.


Jump to: Current Census Data | Electronic Resources | CD-ROMS | Printed Reports | Microfiche

Historical Census Data | Users' Guides | Census Data for D.C., Md., Va.

CURRENT CENSUS DATA

Electronic Resources

American FactFinder
http://factfinder2.census.gov/

This online portal provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas collected by means of several censuses and surveys. Currently American FactFinder offers access to 2000 and 2010 Census data. Community Facts provides quick access to frequently requested data by geographic locations and various topics. Guided search leads you step by step to the data you seek and advanced search allows you to search all available data using all of the search features provided by American FactFinder. The resulting data tables can be modified, saved, printed or downloaded in the format of your choice.

Census Bureau Web Site
http://www.census.gov

The Census Bureau home page offers many access points to census data. You can browse topics including population, economy, business and more. Each topic page offers data, publications, and related sites. You can browse the Library for publications, audio, video, images, infographics etc. Geography pages offer maps and data, reference and education sections that help with understanding geographic data. Various data tools and apps, information on Census surveys and programs as well as news can be found on this page.

Economic Census
http://www.census.gov/econ/census/index.html

Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy. This page offers various ways of finding economic data, explains the uses of Census data, provides information on methodology and help with understanding and finding data.

Census Bureau Publications
http://census.gov/library/publications.html

This page lists the most recent publications released by the U.S. Census Bureau. You can browse publications by topic, by series, or by year. There are links to historical Census publications.

QuickFacts: State, County, and City Demographic and Economic Profiles
https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045217

This interactive site provides decennial and economic census data at the state, county and city levels with a population of 5,000 or more.

CD-ROMS

The 1990 Decennial and 1992 Economic Census data are available on CD-ROM. Products include summary and subject summary tape files, special tabulations, and other titles.

Guide/Index: There is a listing of the CD-ROMS available from the Census Bureau, entitled "1992 Economic Census CD-ROMS and Publications." Title listings of CD-ROMS are also contained in the 1997 Census Catalog and Guide Z7554.U5U32 1997 (BUSRef Desk) on pages 27-28 for economic data and pages 209-226 for decennial data. An overview chart on the four major summary tape files is on pages 232-233. The Guide is no longer available in print after the 1998 edition. See the latest electronic editions and back issues beginning with 1949.

Locations: Census data on CD-ROM are available in the Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room in the Madison Building, Room LM133. The 1992 Economic Census on CD-ROM is also accessible from the Science, Technology and Business Division/Business Reference Services, Adams Building, 5th Floor. Consult with staff in both reading rooms for availability of titles.

Printed Reports

Printed reports from the decennial and economic censuses are available in LC; call numbers for the reports can be obtained by doing a title search using the LC online catalog (e.g. 1990 census of population housing north carolina OR 1992 census of retail trade).

Guide/Index: The following publications can be used to identify printed reports.

Census catalog and guide. United States. Bureau of the Census.
LC Call Number: Z7554.U5U32
LC Catalog Record: sv97007854
U.S. Census Bureau Catalog and Guide

Begun in 1946, this annual guide contains all the census data products generated by the Census Bureau. It provides information on all series, new products, has handy charts, and indicates formats available for each title.

Monthly catalog of United States government publications. issued by the Superintendent of Documents. Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O., 1951-[2004]
LC Call Number: Z1223.A18
LC Catalog Record: 04018088
Also available online:
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Hathi Trust Digital Library

This publication provides Superintendent of Documents (SUDOC) numbers for locating census items in the Federal Depository collection, i.e., Government Documents collection of the Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room which has decennial census reports going back to 1980 and economic census reports back to 1977.

1990 census of population and housing. Population and housing characteristics for census tracts and block numbering areas. Finders guide to census tract reports. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the census : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1993]
LC Call Number: HA201 1990o
LC Catalog Record: 93226827
Also available online from Hathi Trust Digital Library

Finders' guide to census tract reports, a reference publication published by the Census Bureau assists in identifying the appropriate census tract report for a desired geographic area for the 1990 Census. It can be used with the finding aid listed below in order to locate census tract reports in LC.

How to locate census tract reports in LC: a checklist.
Folder available at Business Reference Desk

This folder compiled by business reference staff contains information on locating census tracts from their earliest beginnings to the current 1990 Census. LC call numbers are provided.

Lavin, Michael. Understanding the census; a guide for marketers, planners, grant writers and other data users.Kenmore, N.Y. : Epoch ; [Phoenix, Ariz.] : Oryx Press c1996.
LC Call Number: HA201 1990ar
LC Catalog Record: 96146991

Provides detailed information on census concepts, methods, terminology, and data sources and assists researchers in locating desired census data. Subject index to the 1990 census of population and housing, 1997, (HA201 1990au) is the companion volume that provides a detailed guide to the tables found in the major print and CD-ROM publications of the 1990 Census.

Microfiche

The 1990 decennial census is also available on microfiche as part of the collection of the American Statistics Index published by the Congressional Information Service (CIS) of Bethesda, Maryland. Selected titles are also available on microfiche as part of the Government Documents collection in the Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room Madison Building, Room LM133

Guide/Index

Guide to 1990 U.S. decennial census publications.
LC Call Number: HA201 1990as (BUS RR Ref Desk) This is the CIS guide to decennial census publications indexed in their microfiche set. The

Monthly Catalog of United States government publications. Superintendent of Documents. Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O., 1951-[2004]
LC Call Number: Z1223.A18
LC Catalog Record: 04018088

This guide can be used to identify decennial publications on microfiche in the depository collection.

Locations: 1990 decennial census publications on microfiche that are part of the American Statistics Index collection are housed in the Microform Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ139. Selected census publications that are on microfiche as part of the Government Documents collection may be available in the Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room, Madison Building, LM133. Consult with staff for availability of specific titles.

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HISTORICAL CENSUS DATA

Decennial census publications dating from the first census of 1790 to the 2000 Census are available at LC. Much, but not all, of the Decennial census material is also available online from the U.S. Census Bureau. Similarly, LC also has economic census publications dating back to their earliest beginnings when questions were first asked on the 1810 decennial census, to the latest Economic Census.

Guides/Indexes: The following publications can be used to identify earlier census publications:

Dubester, Henry J. 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 (BUS RR Ref Desk)
LC Catalog Record: 74600076
Available online via Hathi Trust External Link

This publication contains LC call numbers for the census from 1790-1945; remaining entries (1946-1972) supply titles and Library of Congress Control Numbers (LCCNs) for searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the guided keyword index. Economic census data are also included but use the LC online catalog to locate economic census publications since 1972.

Farrington, Polly-Alida. Subject index to the 1980 census of population and housing.
LC Call Number: HA201 1980ab
LC Catalog Record: 85157459

This is a cross-tabulation subject index to tables found in the 1980 Census.

Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in nineteenth century census volumes. Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 1983.
LC Call Number: Z7164.D3 S44 1983
LC Catalog Record: 83017380

Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in twentieth century census volumes, 1900-1940. Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 1985.
LC Call Number: Z7164.D3 S45 1985
LC Catalog Record: 85011412

Schulze, Suzanne. Population information in twentieth century census volumes, 1950-1980. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1988.
LC Call Number: Z7164.D3 S46 1988 (BUS RR Ref Desk).
LC Catalog Record: 88017937

These three volumes provide subject access to decennial census publications from 1790 to 1980 and include LC call numbers, LCCNs, and subject access to tables in the census reports. The economic census series are not included.

Locations: Earlier decennial and economic census publications are housed in the general collections accessible via Book Service, 5th Floor, Adams Building. The Government Documents Collection in the Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room, Madison Building, LM133 also houses printed reports for the decennial and economic census back to 1980 and 1977, respectively; selected titles may also be available in microfiche for the 1980 census and the 1977 Economic Census.

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USERS' GUIDES

The Census Bureau publishes users guides to the decennial and economic censuses. These guides cover census history, glossary, documentation, methodology, planning, etc. for each census. Following are selected titles:

Decennial census guides
1990 Census of Population and Housing. Guide. HA201 1990f
Users' Guide, 1980 Census of Population and Housing. HA201 1980b
1970 Census Users' Guide. HA37.U52 1970c

Decennial census history
1990 Census of Population and Housing History. HA201 1990aj
1980 Census of Population and Housing History. HA201 1980ac
1970 Census of Population and Housing. Procedural History. HA37.U52 1976

Economic Census Publications
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/economic_census.html.

Since there is no official guide to the 1992 Economic Census, please see the Overview of Economic Statistical Programs.

Guide to the 1987 Economic Censuses and Related Statistics. HA37.U55G87 1990
This is the last printed edition of a guide to the economic censuses.

Economic census history
History of the 1997 Economic Census.

History of the 1992 Economic Census (and earlier economic census years). HC101.U475a 1992.

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CENSUS DATA FOR D.C., MD., VA.

Go to the catalog record for additional information on the other States and to request the publications for use in the reading room. Make sure to include specific volume numbers in your request. Please ask a reference librarian online or in person in the Science and Business Reading Room if you need assistance.

1990 Census of Population and Housing Reports (CPH)

CPH-1 Summary Population and Housing Characteristics.
HA301.5 1990 DC LC Catalog Record: 92600243
HA421.5 1990b MD LC Catalog Record: 92600255
HA681.5 1990 VA LC Catalog Record: 92600281

CPH-2 Population and Housing Unit Counts
HA201 1990m Volume 2-10 = DC LC Catalog Record: 93212478
Volume 2-22 = MD LC Catalog Record: 93212478
Volume 2-48 = VA LC Catalog Record: 93212478

CPH-3 Population and Housing Characteristics for Census Tracts & Block Numbering Areas
HA201 1990y DC, MD, VA LC Catalog Record: 93230464

CPH-4 Population and Housing Characteristics for Congressional Districts of the 103rd Congress
HA201 1990ac Volume 4-10 = DC LC Catalog Record: 93212467
Volume 4-22 = MD LC Catalog Record: 93212467
Volume 4-48 = VA LC Catalog Record: 93212467

CPH-5 Summary Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics
HA201 1990e Volume 9 = DC LC Catalog Record: 92242456
Volume 21 = MD LC Catalog Record: 92242456
Volume 47 = VA LC Catalog Record: 92242456

CPH-6 Summary Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics for Outlying Areas
HA4018.5.A4 1990 LC Catalog Record: 93104049

1990 Census of Population Reports (CP)

CP-1 General Population Characteristics
HA201 1990d DC, MD, VA LC Catalog Record: 93212478

CP-2 Social and Economic Characteristics
HA201 1990aa Volume 2-10 = DC LC Catalog Record: 94105586
Volume 2-22 = MD LC Catalog Record: 94105586
Volume 2-48 = VA LC Catalog Record: 94105586

CP-3 Census of Population Subject Reports
(These are housed in general collections)
CP-3-1 Foreign Born Population in the U.S. HA201 1990af LC Catalog Record: 94170490
CP-3-2 Ancestry of the Population in the U.S. HA201 1990ae LC Catalog Record: 94170457
CP-3-3 Persons of Hispanic Origin in the U.S. E184.S75C46 1993 LC Catalog Record: 94170485
CP-3-4 Education in the U.S. LC69.C45 1994 LC Catalog Record: 95197400
CP-3-5 Asian and Pacific Islander in the U.S. E184.O6C44 1993 LC Catalog Record: 94170429
CP-3-6 Characteristics of the Black Population E185.86.C39 1994 LC Catalog Record: 95193215
CP-3-7 Characteristics of American Indians By Tribe and Language E98.C3C45 1994 LC Catalog Record: 95193216

1990 Census of Housing Reports (CH)

CH-1 General Housing Characteristics
HD7293.A6112 1992 Volume 1-10 = DC LC Catalog Record: 92242480
Volume 1-22 = MD LC Catalog Record: 92242480
Volume 1-48 = VA LC Catalog Record: 92242480

CH-2 Detailed Housing Characteristics
HA201 1990ab Volume 2-10 = DC LC Catalog Record: 93226509
Volume 2-22 = MD LC Catalog Record: 93226509
Volume 2-48 = VA LC Catalog Record: 93226509

CH-3 Census of Housing Subject Reports
(Housed in general collections)
CH-3-1 Metropolitan Area Housing Characteristics HD7293.C42 1993 LC Catalog Record: 95193217

CH-4 Residential Finance
(Housed in general collections)
HD7293.Z9C43 1994 HD7293.Z9 C43 1994 LC Catalog Record: 95193218



Selected Titles From the Major Series of the 1992 Economic Census Housed in the General Collections, Adams Building, 5th Floor

(Note: The LCCNs can be used to pull up LC catalog records in order to obtain additional information on subtitle series and their respective volume numbers.)

1992 Census of Retail Trade (RC)

RC92-A Geographic Area Series HF5429.3.C4 1994 LC Catalog Record: 95121178
RC92-S Subject Area Series HF5429.3.C4 1995a LC Catalog Record: 97133322
RC92-N Nonemployer Series HF5429.3.C4 1995 LC Catalog Record: 96152889

1992 Census of Wholesale Trade (WC)

WC92-A Geographic Area Series HF5421.C4 1994 LC Catalog Record: 95121159
WC92-S Subject Area Series HF5421.C4 1995 LC Catalog Record: 97181596

1992 Census of Service Industries (SC)

SC92-A Geographic Area Series HD9981.4.C46 1994 LC Catalog Record: 95120822
SC92-S Subject Area Series HD9981.4.C46 1995a LC Catalog Record: 97140465
SC92-N Nonemployer Series HD9981.4.C46 1995 LC Catalog Record: 96152400

1992 Census of Transportation, Communications, and Utilities (UC)

UC92-A Geographic Area Series HE203.C443 1995 LC Catalog Record: 96152272
UC92-S Subject Area Series HE203.C447 1996 LC Catalog Record: 97181706
UC92-N Nonemployer Series HE203.C444 1995 LC Catalog Record: 9615258
TC92-T Truck Inventory and Use Survey HE5623.C34 1993 LC Catalog Record: 97204760

1992 Census of Manufactures (MC)

MC92-A Geographic Area Series HD9724.C4 1996 LC Catalog Record: 9615174
MC92-S Subject Area Series http://www.census.gov/mcd/
MC92-I Industry Series HD9724.C4 1994 LC Catalog Record: 97204344

1992 Census of Mineral Industries (MIC)

MIC92-A Geographic Area Series HD9506.U63A123 1992 LC Catalog Record: 96165699
MIC92-S Subject Area Series http://www.census.gov/mcd/
MIC92-I Industry Series http://www.census.gov/prod/www/economic_census.html

1991 Census of Construction Industries (CC)

CC92-A Geographic Area Series HD9715.U5 C46 1996 LC Catalog Record: 96206152
CC92-S Subject Area Series HD9715.U52 C46 1995 LC Catalog Record: 96142922
CC92-I Industry Series HD9715.U52 C46 1995a LC Catalog Record: 97204748

1992 Census of Financial, Insurance, and Real Estate Industries (FC)

FC92-A Geographic Area Series HG181.C46 1995 LC Catalog Record: 96152456
FC92-S Subject Area Series HG181.C465 1995 LC Catalog Record: 97204547
FC92-N Nonemployer Series HG181.C462 1992 LC Catalog Record: 96152935

1992 Census of Outlying Areas (OA)

OA92-E HC154.5.E27 1994 LC Catalog Record: 96122119

1992 Enterprise Statistics (ES)

ES92-1 Company Summary HC106.8.E57 1992 LC Catalog Record: 98105771

1992 Survey of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MB)

MB92-1 HD2346.U5E269 1996 LC Catalog Record: 96141790

1992 Census of Women Business Owners (WB)

WB92-1 HD2346.U5E 268 1996 LC Catalog Record: 96126538

1992 Characteristics of Business Owners (CBO)

CBO92-1 HC106.8.A148 1997 LC Catalog Record: 9812823

Last updated: 03/12/2018

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