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Historical Census and Ward Maps: 1950-2010

A guide to the cartographic resources of Cornell University Library with links to online resources.

1950-1980

1950

Volume 5 of the 1950 Census of Housing provides block level statistics for the 209 cities which had a population of 50,000 or more. Tract and block level maps for each of these cities are in the volume. Minor civil divisions are reported by county, town, village and wards.

1960

The maps which were issued by the Bureau of the Census with volume 3 of the 1960 Census of Housing were given to the Map Room when the 1960 census was retired to the stacks. They are found in the catalog under the subject heading: City name--Administrative and political divisions--Maps.

County maps were not made generally available for the 1960 census.

State maps for the 1960 census may be found in the catalog under the subject heading: State name--Administrative and political divisions--Maps.

1970

The maps which were issued by the Bureau of the Census with volume 3 (block statistics) of the 1970 Census of Housing were given to the Map Room when the 1970 census was retired to the stacks. These maps show blocks and enumeration districts, and are meant to accompany the block statistics sent to the stacks. They are found in the catalog under the subject heading: City name--Administrative and political divisions--Maps.

For the first time, areas outside SMSA's could contract with the Census Bureau to be tracted and counted separately. This means, for example, that Ithaca could be counted by itself as well as being considered as part of Tompkins County.

For the first time, counties were assigned enumeration districts. These county maps were purchased for New York State only. They are found in the catalog under the heading : County name--Administrative and political divisions--Maps.

State maps for the 1970 census showing all political and census subdivisions may be found in the catalog under the subject heading: State name--Administrative and political divisions--Maps. All states were received in paper copy.

CD-ROM

CensusCD 1970 (Olin Ref DISK HA201 1970 .C46 2001) has long form data and mapping at the tract level. CensusCD Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB) (Olin Ref HA181 .C46 2001) selected variables for US Census tracts for 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and software to select, report, and map this data too.

1980

Block maps were issued to libraries on fiche (HA 201 1980 A8). There are also maps, on fiche, for all non-blocked enumeration areas in the United States. Paper copy maps for some SMSA cities were issued to libraries. Olin Library purchased paper blocked maps for New York State. These are shelved at MAPS HA 201 1980 A8. "Selected areas" are arranged alphabetically by state, and cities are arranged alphabetically by SMSA name.

The Census Tracts series consists of an individual report for each SMSA and for each state in which tracts had been delineated outside SMSAs. The reports, filed at Olin +HA 201 1980 A8, also contain information on the comparability of 1970 and 1980 geography. Maps which show the boundaries and identification numbers of census tracts are bound with the reports. . The 1980 U.S. Census Tract Map Book (Encinitas, CA : National Decision Systems, [1984?]) provides maps for all SMSA and non-SMSA 1980 tracts. See MAPS G1201 E25 N27++.

Only the maps for Tompkins County were purchased in hard copy.

Paper copies of all state maps showing administrative and census divisions to be used in the 1980 census were received. They may be found in the catalog under the subject heading: State name--Administrative and political divisions--Maps.

CD-ROM

CensusCD 1980 (Olin Ref DISK HA201 1980 .C46) offers the results of the 1980 US census, down to tract level. It includes a full set of 1980 maps, along with mapping software. CensusCD Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB) (Olin Ref HA181 .C46 2001) selected variables for US Census tracts for 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and software to select, report, and map this data too.

1990-2010

1990

As a depository library, the Library received all editions of the TIGER/Line files on compact disk. These files contain digital information for all 1990 census map features. Census blocks, block groups, and census tracts for all areas of the country are available as TIGER/Line data.

Library has: Entire country. (MAPS DISK HA 201 1990 T56 1992 #--)

Census Tract/Block Numbering Areas (1990) are county based and show census tract/BNA boundaries. Ground features which lie under the boundaries are named. Some counties are filed with their MSA - i.e. Broome with Binghamton. Library has:

New York State.(MAPS ++HA 201 1990 A54 CPH3 #--)
Entire country. (FICHE 1315)

County Block Maps (1990) show the greatest detail and the most complete set of geographic information. They display block numbers, tabulation area boundaries, and ground features such as roads and streams. Library has:

Tompkins County (MAPS G3803 T6 E25 svar U5 #--)
Rest of the country -- machine readable files in various locations. Use ArcGIS software with Geography Network data or American FactFinder, for example.

2000-2010

Similarly, the library owns CD-ROMs with data and maps, but no paper maps (HA201 2000; HA201 2010).

The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census Profile maps present a graphic overview of selected demographic information from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing. In addition to a population density map, each page includes a pie chart showing percent of total population by race, a population pyramid, and a bar chart illustrating housing occupancy rates. The map series consists of one page-sized map for each state in the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as a national map. These map files are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and were designed to be viewed with Adobe® Reader® Offsite, which is available free from Adobe. If your browser opens them in another PDF reader, the screen display may not accurately reproduce the map.These maps are being released on a flow basis as they become available at the Census Bureau web site.

Selected Resources on CD/DVD-ROM

United States Census Bureau. 2010 Census Summary File 1. Disk HA201 2010 C46 2012. Located in the Electronic Text Center, Olin Library.

Data from GeoLytics - CDs located in the Electronic Text Center in Olin Library.
CensusCD 2000. long form SF3. Release 2.2. Disk HA201 2000 .C4672x 2004
CensusCD 2000 : short form. Release 1.0. Disk HA201 2000 C456 2001
CensusCD neighborhood change database (NCDB) : 1970-2000 tract data. Disk HA181 .C46 2002

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