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For Immediate Release
May 31, 2002
Contact: James S. Henderson
207-287-5793

1930 Census Documents Now Available
at Maine State Archives

AUGUSTA--Beginning on May 31, 2002 the Maine State Archives will make available for public inspection newly received microfilm copies of the 1930 U.S. Federal Population Census. Compared to earlier census data, the 1930 Census contains more detailed information regarding that decade's population, including information about each resident surveyed such as age at first marriage, attendance at college, and military veteran status.

Raw census information is protected by the Congressional Privacy Act for a period of 72 years after its collection. This time period has now expired for the 1930 information.

Genealogists and general researchers have been anxiously awaiting the release of this census material, to avail themselves of the immense amount of raw data the 1930 Census contains. Specific information regarding each individual surveyed in Maine for the 1930 Census will be available for review.

While population counts from the census are used to reapportion Congressional seats, to determine Congressional districts, and to distribute Federal funds, a variety of other information is collected from these surveys and survey questions may change from decade to decade. The 1930 Census requested information from individuals that had not been requested in 1920, such as if the individual owned a radio set or lived on a farm, and whether the individual had worked the previous day. The last question being of particular interest during the period of the Great Depression.

The Maine State Archives is located in the Cultural Building near the State House and research hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Copies of all archival documents on microfilm may be reproduced using the Archives' state-of-the-art digital printers.