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Negro, Black and African-American Census Reports: Reference Materials

Reference Materials

Anderson, Margo J. (1988) The American Census: A Social History. New Haven and London, Yale University Press.
Google Books

Cramer, Clayton E. (1997) Black demographic data, 1790-1860: a sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.
WorldCat

United States. (1974) Catalog of Publications, 1790- 1972. Washington, D.C. Bureau of the Census. 
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A century of population growth, from the first census of the United States to the twelfth, 1790-1900
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United States. The Colored race in the census
ERIC

Schor, Paul. Counting Americans: How the US Census Classified the Nation. Oxford University Press, New York. 2017.
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Alterman, Hyman. Counting People: The Census in History. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. New York. 1969.
WorldCat 

Directory of Data Sources on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bulletin 1879.
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Cook, Kevin L. (1996) Dubester's U.S. Census Bibliography with SuDocs Class Numbers and Indexes. Englewood, CO. Libraries Unlimited, Inc. 
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Mezey, N. (January 01, 2003). Erasure and Recognition: The Census, Race and the National Imagination. Northwestern University Law Review, 97, 4, 1701.
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Historical Census Statistics On Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For Large Cities And Other Urban Places In The United States. Population Division, Working Paper No. 76. 116 pages

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1957. (C 3.134/2:H 62/957)
Census Bureau

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970. (C 3.134/2:H 62/789-970)
Census Bureau

Wright, Carroll D. and Hunt, William C. (1900) History and Growth of the United States Census. Washington: Government Printing Office. (Y 4.C 33/2:H 62)
Census Bureau

How do we Know? Measuring America's People, Places and Economy through the Decades. Infographic
Census Bureau

Government Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data Infographic
Center for American Progress

Information on Race
Census Bureau

Labor Department's First Program to Assist Black Workers.
BLS

Measuring Race and Ethnicity Across the Decades: 1790-2010.
Census Bureau Interactive infographic.

Wesley, D. P., & Library of Congress. (1970). The Negro in the United States: A selected bibliography. Washington: Library of Congress. (LC 1.12/2:N 31)
Hathi Trust (limited search only)
WorldCat

Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin
Census Bureau

Anderson, M., & Fienberg, S. E. (January 01, 2000). Race and Ethnicity and the Controversy over the US Census. Current Sociology, 48, 3, 87-110.
WorldCat

Race and Multiracial Americans in the U.S. Census. Pew Research Center. June 11, 2015

Hochschild JL, Powell BM. Racial Reorganization and the United States Census 1850-1930: Mulattoes, Half-Breeds, Mixed Parentage, Hindoos, and the Mexican Race. Studies in American Political Development. 2008;22 (1) :59-96.

Nobles, M. (2000). Shades of citizenship: Race and the census in modern politics. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
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State censuses; an annotated bibliography of censuses of population taken after the year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States. Prepared by Henry J. Dubester. 73 pages
Hathi Trust

Riddleberger, O. M., Truesdell, L. E., United States, & Institute of Social and Religious Research. (1934). Topical index of population census reports, 1900-1930. C 3.2:81/3.
Hathi Trust
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What Census Calls Us: A Historical Timeline. 2015
Pew Research Center (interactive infographic)

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