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Activity Number: 589 - Learning from the Past – a History of Censuses
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Thursday, August 1, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Government Statistics Section
Abstract #300038 Presentation
Title: Who Writes Census History, and Why?
Author(s): Margo Anderson*
Companies: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Keywords: census; statistical innovation; policy research

Historians call it “the usable past.” The paper will discuss: a) who writes census history and why, b) will illustrate where it is disseminated (kept in private papers, in census volumes, in special volumes published by the census bureau, online dissemination, other books and reports published external to the census bureau, c) how such history is supported, sponsored or commissioned, and d) the uses of the history for census takers, census users, and for students of the history of statistics and the nation.

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