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Multiple Cause of Death, 1959-1967 (ICPSR 20680)

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This data collection presents information about the causes of deaths occurring in the United States during 1959 to 1967. Data are provided concerning underlying causes of death, place of death, whether there were multiple conditions that caused the death, and what those conditions were. In addition, data are provided on date of death, and on sex, race, age, marital status, and origin or descent of the deceased. Also included is information on residence of the deceased (state, county, city, region, and whether the county was a metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area). The 1967 data file does not match the PDF documentation. This file was created by comparing means and frequencies to 1967 VSUS tables and/or the 1966 file.

Series: Multiple Cause of Death Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


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DS1:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1959 - Download All Files (1,211.7 MB) large dataset
DS2:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1960 - Download All Files (1,257 MB) large dataset
DS3:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1961 - Download All Files (1,249 MB) large dataset
DS4:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1962 - Download All Files (1,311.3 MB) large dataset
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DS6:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1964 - Download All Files (1,329.9 MB) large dataset
DS7:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1965 - Download All Files (1,324.2 MB) large dataset
DS8:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1966 - Download All Files (1,353.4 MB) large dataset
DS9:  Multiple Cause of Death, 1967 - Download All Files (891.8 MB) large dataset

Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death, 1959-1967. ICPSR20680-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-03-24.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   age, causes of death, death, death records, ethnicity, fatalities, gender, marital status, mortality rates, race

Smallest Geographic Unit:   county

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1959--1967

Date of Collection:  

  • 1959--1967

Universe:   All deaths occurring in the United States in 1959-1967.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with the National Center for health Statistics (NCHS), ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.


Data Source:

death certificates

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.

Restrictions: In preparing the data tape(s) for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


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