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1900 Census Special Reports: The Blind and the Deaf

The data for this report were collected during the Census of 1900. Enumerators reported the name, age, sex, and post office address of each person alleged to be blind or deaf. A more complete return was secured by correspondence with the individuals. This was conducted under the direction of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. He determined the scope of the investigation and specified the tabulations to be made.

Dr. Bell prepared the text relating to the deaf. The report includes an introduction, comparison with former censuses, and discussion of the results. Following are general tables, diagrams and maps.


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A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

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