The object I chose for document analysis

30 Mar

Other than sharing question categories, the census documents from the present bear little resemblance to the past. There are a few differences:

  • In the past, the census was recorded by hand by census takers who walked from house-to-house and continuously recorded information to the same form until the page was filled
  • The census forms that we receive in our mailbox is an individual household form that is not really comparable to the original census
  • Unless we have a copy of the form that is to be used for house-to-house census taking, for those who don’t fill out and mail their form in, we have no basis for comparison between the census of the distant past and the present day census

For the reasons cited above, I plan to analyse a census form from the 1930 census. below is an example page:

Form printed from



Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Census



2 responses to “The object I chose for document analysis

  1. aileenbachant

    March 31, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    How are you going to shrink that down to make room for your call-outs and keep the chicken-scratch legible?

    • Mary Chrapliwy

      April 1, 2010 at 12:24 am

      I’m not sure how I’ll make this form work. I thought I might copy magnified portions of the text and paste into the corner of the text box that contains my call outs. I’m not entirely sure that will work. It may also have to be larger than 8-1/2 x 11 – maybe double the size at 17 x 11


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