Historical U.S. Industrial Census 1850-1880
Samples from the U.S. Manuscript Census of Manufactures
Comlied by Fred Bateman, Thomas Weiss, and Jeremy Atack
The manufacturing data come form manuscripts of the decennial federal censuses for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. These documents, filled out by the census enumerators in the field, were subsequently sent to Washington, D.C., for tabulation and were later returned to the individual states.
The data complied for this study are random samples of manufacturing firms drawn from the surviving records of each state and territory and "national" samples based on the random samples.
Last Updated: 27 November 2014