National Archives Preps for First Online Census Release

The National Archives launched a new website on Tuesday in preparation for the first online census release in the nation’s history.

The National Archives, in partnership with, will release the 1940 Census and corresponding data on April 2 at 9 a.m. EST.

For the release of the 1940 census online, the National Archives has digitized the entire census, creating more than 3.8 million digital images of census schedules, maps and enumeration district descriptions.


Users will be able to search, browse and download the 1940 census schedules, free of charge, from their own computers or from the public computers at National Archives locations nationwide at

The National Archives has teamed up with the U.S. Census Bureau to celebrate “40 Days to the ’40 Census.” Using social media channels to post videos, images, facts and links to workshops nationwide, the National Archives is getting its researchers ready for the online launch.

David Stegon

Written by David Stegon

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