Digital Data from 19th Century Census

If I wanted a digital copy of the census during the 19th century, how would I acquire a copy? Here, I want the data, not just to review online.

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  • Looks like I spoke too soon. A colleague says:

    There are other institutions that have created databases pulling from 19th-century decennial censuses.  For example, the Minnesota Population Center has Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) USA at  On the page listing the source for their samples, they indicate some contacts for obtaining some of the household data that includes names.  The Minnesota Population Center also hosts the North Atlantic Population Project at   If the researcher is at a university, they may wish to check with their data librarian or see what is available through the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  Obviously, these are non-government organizations.     

    NARA does have various Census data starting with the 1900 Census and some of these files are available for download from the Catalog.  Some of this data includes samples at the household level, but no names.  For example: 1900 Census Public Use Sample: and 1940 Census Public Use Sample:

    (As always, links to outside organizations do not imply endorsement.)

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