A SNAPSHOT OF AMERICA AND ITS PEOPLE

Just as the Statistical Abstract of the United States is considered the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world, the Historical Statistical Abstracts of the United States offers the opportunity for researchers to look into the past to discover the economic trends, the social climate and the demographic makeup of the U.S., and easily compare that to current day trends.

The Statistical Abstract of the U.S. was published from 1878 to 2012 by the U.S. Federal Government. In 2006, the Census Bureau published PDFs of all historical editions on the web.  That same year, they also began publishing their current Excel versions of tables. They continued that practice through the publication of their final edition in 2012.

What is ProQuest doing to the historical volumes?

We are unlocking all 132 years of PDF-based tables and making them available as Excel spreadsheets, and releasing blocks of years in separate collections. Collection 1, which covers 1970-2012 was released in 2014, and Collection 2, which covers 1929-1969 was released in September, 2015.  The third and final collection, which covers 1878-1928 was released in early 2016.

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