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U.S. Census Connections: A Resource Guide

1940-1980 Decennial Census

Included here are official census publications covering the decennial censuses from 1940 to 1980 and related research material based or about the census data. We listed resources that apply for several censuses first before presenting materials for specific censuses. Some of the publications have been digitized and links are provided. The Census Bureau Publications page is a good starting point to get an overview of each census and find publications related to them. For further research please follow the suggested search links to the Library of Congress Online Catalog that include publications by specific geographic locations.

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.

Catalogs, Guides, and Indexes

Search the Library's Catalog

Additional works in the Library of Congress on the 1940-1980 censuses may be identified by searching the Online Catalog. Choose the census you wish to search from the list of pre-constructed search links below. Please note that some publications may be located off-site that requires 24 hours to fulfill your request. For additional assistance, please Ask a Librarian.