Historical census data from New Caledonia, Togo or Bulgaria are well worth preserving. Recently the IISH acquired a considerable amount of book volumes containing census data from 139 countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Latin America from 1880 until 1980. These source materials contain analogous data about population growth, employment rates, migration, housing, age of marriage, occupations, economic activity, agricultural produce and many other topics.
Historical researchers, in particular those who work with IISH’s Global Labour History Program and Global Migration projects, will benefit enormously from this collection, since their research is focused on the history of labour, migration and labour relations from a global comparative perspective.
In other IISH related projects and activities census data play a role as well. The Clio Infra website presents and visualizes historical datasets on social and economic indicators worldwide. HISCO is an international historical classification of occupations. The Historical Sample of the Netherlands is involved in a project Census data open linked - CEDA_R - From fragment to fabric - Dutch census data in a web of global cultural and historic information.
The collection originates from the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek and measures 120 meters. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illustration: Census taker visits a Romani family, The Netherlands, no date (from wikipedia)