Federal Censuses - Questionnaires
200 Years of U.S. Census Taking: Population and Housing Questions, 1790-1990 contains a brief history of the U.S. Census. In addition, it includes copies of the written instructions for census takers (marshals in the early years, enumerators after 1880), sample copies of the forms (schedules) completed by census takers, and copies of questionnaires self-reported by respondents from 1960 to 1990.
Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000
Includes census questionnaires and instructions from 1790 to 2000. Also contains a brief history of the decennial censuses as well as individual histories of individual censuses.
Census Questions and Enumeration Forms from 1850 to present
From the University of Minnesota, this site provides a list of the forms used and questions asked, by decade, from 1850 to the present. Questions and instructions are included from 1960 on.
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