Historic Census Maps and Manuscripts & Using the Census for Research Exhibits

“Historic Census Maps and Manuscripts” Exhibit

John Hay Library, Reading Room

20 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912

Open to the Public

March 15 – April 30, 2010


This exhibit features a copy of the first National Atlas of the United States, published in 1874, which presents maps based on census statistics. Also on exhibit is an original copy of the Boston Weekly Messenger from March 6, 1812, which was the first publication of the map that served as the inspiration for the term “Gerrymander.” Copies of local historical manuscript census schedules also display the residences during the early 20th century of Providence-born author H.P. Lovecraft.

“Using the Census for Research” Exhibit

Rockefeller Library, Lobby

10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912

March 15 – April 30, 2010


This exhibit presents an overview of the U.S. decennial census, its Constitutional authority, and how the enumeration has changed over the years. Also featured are examples of how census data are used by students, faculty, and other researchers to examine a wide variety of topics and interests.