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Sorry, I guess my post wasn’t very clear.
I first tried to access these records in 2009 and was told that the records were in need of conservation and not accesible to researchers.
On June 15, 2020 I sent off a query as to their availability to remote users in digital/microfilm/photocopy format. I received a reply that records had not been scheduled for digitization, but that when that happened, they would be available through the catalog.
What I am currently trying to find out is if the records ever went through the conservation process.
If they have been conserved, then hopefully they will be available for in-person access whenever the archives re-open. (This won’t help me much since I live on the west coast, but others would be able to access the data).
As I mentioned earlier, these appear to be the only surviving schedules from the 1899 Cuban Census. Per the “Report on the Census of Cuba, 1899” pp. 523-564, they contain information on 60,711 farms including the names of the owners/renters, location (province & district), size (63.5% were less than 8 acres in size), etc. These records may the closest thing to the destroyed population schedules, especially for the usually overlooked rural inhabitants.