Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Reminder: The 1940 U.S. Census to be Released on Monday, April 2

We've written previously on the upcoming release of the 1940 U.S. Census, and we are hardly the only ones excited by the issue.  Staff at the State Library of North Carolina are planning a 1940's themed party around the release, complete with music, clothing, and toys on display from the era.

The State Library staff were also interviewed by their local public radio station for a segment that highlights the kinds of information to be found in the data release.  If you're curious as to why people get so excited about the released of new Census data, click on the image below and stream their interview.  The interview provides an excellent context for the historic importance and value to researchers of this Census data.

And don't forget to visit the National Archives and Records Administration (that's NARA to me and you) April Second to search these records of an America from just before World War II and the subsequent post-War Baby Boom.  The opportunity to compare it to the 1950 Census data is only ten years away!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout out Bill. We're very excited down here in North Carolina! We're looking forward to what our patrons will be able to find starting April 2nd.


    Rebecca Hyman
    Reference and Outreach Librarian
    Government and Heritage Library
    State Library of North Carolina