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Additional Resources

Boettcher, Jennifer and Gaines Leonard, Industry Research using the Economic Census: how to find it , how to use it, Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press 2004.

(Firestone Trustees Reading Room) HC101 .B594 2004

The Economic Census

The Economic Census originally started out as part of the general Decennial Census. It has changed and grown over the years in both scope and coverage. In 1997 the Census moved over from the Standard industry classification (SIC) to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Today the Economic census is available in its entirety on the web and provides a snapshot of the economy and the millions of business establishments that operate in the United States.

Census Series

Census of manufactures

The first census of manufactures covered the year 1809. Between 1809 and 1963, a census was conducted at periodic intervals. Since 1967 it has been taken every 5 years (for years ending in "2" and "7"). Data was published as part of the Decennial Census until 1900. Data and reports for later years were published separately under various titles and can be found in Firestone LIbrary (DSS) Decennial Census, shelved by year of census.

Annual survey of manufactures : ASM, Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census
Issued biennally: 1949/1950 - 1980/1981; Not issued in years covered by Census of Manufactures: 1954, 1958, 1972, 1977.
HD9724 .A52   1949/50-1980/81, 1949-1950, Suppl., 1962-1964 -- (F) Firestone 

Financial statistics of states / United States Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Washington : G.P.O., 1916-1943.
HJ275 .A3   1915-1919, 1921-1931, 1937-1941  (ANXA) Annex  A (some have been digitized).

Current housing reports. H121/94-1, Tracking the American dream : 50 years of housing history from the Census Bureau : 1940 to 1990 / F. John Devaney, Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Doc., 1994

C 3.215:H 121/94-1  DOCS: Firestone

Survey of current business. Weekly supplement / United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Washington : The Bureau, [1927-1954]

Continued as Business statistics (Washington, D.C. : Weekly)

Oversize HC1 .R1983q  Mar. 14, 1927-1929, 1948-1954  Firestone (F)

U.S. commodity exports and imports as related to output, Washington : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

HF105 .A2187  [ES 2-2] (1958)-1981/82; 1991 and 1990-1993 and 1992  Firestone (F) Lacks:1972/73-1975/76; 1977-79 Microfiche holdings at Documents Division




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Bobray Bordelon
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The United States Economic Census Guide has been prepared by

Bobray Bordelon, Colleen Burlingham, and Nita Mathur.