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Reports of the American Indian Family History Project, 1885-1930 (ICPSR 3576)

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The Reports of the American Indian Family History Project was a study aimed at examining demographic trends among Native Americans families during the late 1800s and early 1900s utilizing census data, collected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Census Bureau. Specifically, this study observed the behavior of Native American families from the Colville, Creek, Crow, Hopi, and White Earth Chippewa tribes at the time of the 1885, 1900, 1910, and 1930 censuses, although data were not available for all tribes in all years. Common among each dataset in the collection are variables on the respondent's age, sex, and family size. Also appearing in each dataset in the collection are variables describing the respondent's relation to the head of his or her household, number of children born to the respondent, and the familial status of the respondent's mother, father, and spouse. The data from 1900 and 1910 include socioeconomic variables relating to occupation, education, and home ownership. Also unique to the 1900 and 1910 data are variables that more specifically categorize the race and ethnicity of the respondent. Language and marital status variables appear in the 1900, 1910, and 1930 data as well.

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DS1:  Colville 1885 - Download All Files (1.4 MB)
DS4:  White Earth Chippewa 1885 - Download All Files (1.5 MB)
DS5:  Colville 1900 - Download All Files (2.4 MB)
DS6:  Creek 1900 - Download All Files (9.7 MB)
DS9:  White Earth Chippewa 1900 - Download All Files (4.3 MB)
DS10:  Colville 1910 - Download All Files (2.7 MB)
DS11:  Creek 1910 - Download All Files (3.2 MB)
DS14:  White Earth Chippewa 1910 - Download All Files (4.6 MB)
DS15:  Colville 1930 - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS16:  Crow 1930 - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS17:  Hopi 1930 - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS18:  White Earth Chippewa 1930 - Download All Files (6.4 MB)

Study Description


Hoxie, Frederick E., Richard A. Sattler, and Nancy Shoemaker. REPORTS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN FAMILY HISTORY PROJECT, 1885-1930. ICPSR03576-v2. Champaign-Urbana, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [producer], 2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-03-27. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03576.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   birth rates, children, cultural change, cultural traditions, families, family relationships, family size, family structure, indigenous populations, intermarriage, marital status, marriage, Native Americans, populations, social status, socioeconomic status, traditional societies

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1885--1930

Date of Collection:  

  • 1885--1930

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Population of Native Americans belonging to the Colville, Creek, Crow, Hopi, and White Earth Chippewa tribes.

Data Types:   census/enumeration data


Data Source:

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Census Bureau

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2007-03-27 The SAS and SPSS setup files, as well as the codebook have been updated. Stata setup files, and SAS and Stata supplemental syntax files have been added.



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