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Census Information: Agricultural Census - U.S.

The United States Constitution includes directives for carrying out a census of the population every 10 years.

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The first United States Census of Agriculture was taken in 1840 as part of the sixth Decennial Census of population. From 1850 to 1920, an agricultural census was taken every 10 years as part of the Decennial Census. A mid-decennial agricultural census was taken in 1925 and taken quinquennially until 1950. Starting in 1954, the census of agriculture is conducted for the years ending in "4" and in "9." Starting in 1997, the classification changed to A 92.53. [Bureau of the Census Catalog of Publications, p. 6]

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Local Holdings - 1840-1997

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Census of Agriculture - 1840 to 1954

  • United States Census of Agriculture 1840 [OVERSIZE]: I 7.5: Bk.2
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1850: I 8.5:Bk.1
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1860: I 9.5: Bk.2
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1870: I 10.5: v.3
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1880: I 11.5: v.3
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1890: I 12.5: Bk. 1
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1910: I 13.5: v.5-6
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1920: C 3.16:v.5-7
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1925: C 3.31/1:925/pt. 1-3
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1930: C 3.37/5:Ag 8
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1935: C3.31/1:935/v.1-3
    • The Part-time farming in the United States. Special Study can be found at: C 3.31/4:F 22
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1940:  C 3.940-5:Ag 8
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1945:C 3.31/1:945/v.1/pt.x-v.2 (PSU is MISSING V.1: Part 9: Iowa, Part 26: Texas; Part 33: California; Part 34: United States Summary.)
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1950: C 3.950-9
  • United States Census of Agriculture 1954: C 3.31/4:954/v.1/pt.x-v.2 (PSU is missing V1. Part 3. There are 2 copies of Part 32: Oregon)
    • Volume 3: Special reports. In 12 parts. (PSU is missing: Part 6.) can be found at: C 3.31/5:954/v.3/pt.x

1959 Census of Agriculture

  • Volume 1: Counties. In 54 parts.: C 3.31/4:959/v.1/pt.x
  • Volume 2: General report: C 3.31/9:959/v.2
  • Volume 3: Irrigation of agricultural lands.: C 3.31/12:959/v.3
  • Volume 4: Drainage of agricultural lands.: C 3.31/12:959/v.4
  • Volume 5: Special reports. In 7 parts. (PSU is missing: Part 7.): C 3.31/5:959/v.5/pt.x

1964 Census of Agriculture

  • Volume 1: State and county statistics. In 53 parts. (PSU is missing: Part 12, Illinois; Part 24, Virginia.): C 3.31/4:964/v.1/pt.x
  • Volume 2: General reports. Includes Introduction and Chapters 1-10.: C 3.31/9a:964/ch.x
  • Volume 3: Special reports. In 7 parts.: C 3.31/5:964/v.3/pt.x

1969 Census of Agriculture

  • The '69 Census of Agriculture. Pamphlet.: C 3.2:Ag 8/5/969
  • Volume 1: Area reports. In 55 parts (Many issued in multiple sections.) PSU is missing: part 55:Trust Territory. Official SuDoc classification is: C 56.227:969/ . To be shelved with the rest of the agricultural censuses, PSU has classified it at: C 3.31/9a:969/ch.x
  • Volume 2: General reports. In 9 chapters. Official SuDoc classification is: C 56.227/3:969/v.2/ . To be shelved with the rest of the agricultural censuses, PSU has classified it at: C 3.31/4:969/v.1/pt.x
  • Volume 3: Agricultural Services. Official SuDoc classification is: C 56.227/3:969/v.3 . To be shelved with the rest of the agricultural censuses, PSU has classified it at: C 3.31/12:969/v.3
  • Volume 4: Irrigation. Official SuDoc classification is: C 56.227/3:969/v.4 . To be shelved with the rest of the agricultural censuses, PSU has classified it at: C 3.31/12:969/v.4
  • Volume 5: Special reports. In 16 parts. Official SuDoc classification is: C 56.227/2:969/v.5/ . To be shelved with the rest of the agricultural censuses, PSU has classified it at: C 3.31/5:969/v.5/pt.x
  • Volume 6: Drainage of agricultural lands. Official SuDoc classification is: C 56.227/3:969/v.6 . To be shelved with the rest of the agricultural censuses, PSU has classified it at: C 3.31/12:969/v.6

1974 Census of Agriculture

  • Volume 1: State Reports. In 54 parts. (PSU is missing: Part 51: United States): C 3.31/4:974/v.1/pt.x
  • Volume 2: Statistics by subject. In 9 parts: C 3.31/4:974/v.2/pt.x
  • Volume 3: Agricultural services.: C 3.31/12:974/v.3
  • Volume 4: Special reports. In 7 parts.: C 3.31/5:974/v.4/pt.x

1978 Census of Agriculture

  • Volume 1: State and county data. In 56 parts.: C 3.31/4:978/v.1/pt.x
  • [Volume 2: Statistics by Subject never published]
  • Volume 3: Agricultural Services.: C 3.31/12:978/v.3
  • Volume 4: Irrigation.: C 3.31/12:978/v.4
  • Volume 5: Special reports. Parts 1,3-9 [Part 2 never published]: C 3.31/5:978/v.5/pt.x

1982 Census of Agriculture

  • Guide to the 1982 Census of Agriculture and related statistics.: C 3.6/2:Ag 8/2
  • Volume 1: Geographic area series. In 54 parts. PSU is missing: Part 54, Virgin Islands.: C 3.31/4:982/v.1/pt.x
  • Volume 2: Subject series. In 4 parts. PSU is missing: Part 2: C 3.31/12:982/v.2/pt.x

1987 Census of Agriculture

Paper Holdings

  • 1987 Census of Agriculture. Pamphlet.: C 3.2:Ag 8/8
  • Report form guide.: C 3.6/2:Ag 8/4
  • Guide to the 1987 Census of Agriculture and related statistics.: C 3.6/2:Ag 8/2/987
  • Censo de Agricultura de Puerto Rico de 1987.: C 3.6/2:Ag 8/3/Spanish
  • Volume 1: Geographic area series. In 56 parts. PSU has paper: Parts 1-56. PSU has microfiche: Part 1, 4, 11, 33, 46: C 3.31/4:987/v.1/pt.x
  • Volume 2: Subject Series. In 6 parts.: C 3.31/12:987/v.2/pt.x
  • Volume 3: Related surveys. In 2 parts.: C 3.31/12:987/v.3/pt.x
  • Volume 4: Census of horticultural specialties.: C 3.31/12:987/v.4

Electronic Holdings

  • Volume 1: Geographic area series. State data file/County data file. [CD-ROM]: C 3.277:Ag8/987/CD/v.1/rev.2
  • 1987 Census of Agriculture on CD-ROM. Technical Documentation. [In back room]: C 3.277:Ag 8/987/doc.
  • Volume 1: Geographic area series. State data file/County data file. [LARGE FLOPPY]: C 3.277:Ag 8/987/floppy
  • Agriculture specialty publications and 1987 public use files. [CD-ROM]: C 3.277:Ag 8/2/987/CD/993
  • Agriculture specialty publications and 1987 public use files on CD-ROM. Technical documentation. [In back room]: C 3.277:Ag 8/2/987/doc.

1992 Census of Agriculture  (Also available online at: http://www.census.gov/p rod/www/abs/agric.html)

  • The 1992 Census of Agriculture. Pamphlet.: C 3.2:Ag 8/8/992
  • Final county file. Technical documentation.: C 3.2:T 22/3/992
  • Final state file. Technical documentation: C 3.2:T 22/4
  • Guide to the 1992 Census of Agriculture and related statistics.: C 3.6/2:Ag 8/2/992
  • Volume 1: Geographic area series. In 54 parts.: C 3.31/4:992/v.1/pt.x
  • Volume 2: Subject series. In 4 parts.: C 3.31/12:992/v.2/pt.x
  • Volume 3: Related surveys. 1 part only.: C 3.31/12:992/v.3/pt.1
  • Geographic area series 1A. [CD-ROM] [MISSING]: C 3.277:CD92-AG-1A
  • Geographic area series 1B. [CD-ROM] [MISSING]: C 3.277:CD92-AG-1B
  • Geographic area series 1C. [CD-ROM]: C 3.277:CD92-AG-1C
  • Subject series 2A. [CD-ROM]: C 3.277:CD92-AG-2A
  • AG Specialty disc. [CD-ROM]: C 3.277:CD92-AG-SPEC
  • Final state cross tabulation file. Technical Documentation. [Paper]: C 3.277:AG 8/3/992/DOC.

1997 Census of Agriculture (Also available online at: http://agcensus.usda.gov/ and: http://www.census.gov/p rod/www/abs/agric.html)

  • Volume 1: Geographic area series. 51 parts.: A 92.53/[1-51]:AC 97-A-[1-51]
  • Volume 1: Geographic area series. [CD-ROM set]: A 92.53/56:997
  • Volume 2: Subject series. 2 parts. [PAPER & CD-ROM]: A 92.54:997/v.2/pt.x
  • Volume 3: Special studies [INTERNET ONLY: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/ ]: A 92.53/57:2001002057