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1881 History

Partnerships:

Phase 2 of the 1881 Canadian Census Project is funded by the North Atlantic Population Project (NAPP), a new National Science Foundation-funded initiative of the Minnesota Population Center directed by Steven Ruggles, creator of the Integrated Public-Use Microdata Series (IPUMS). The NAPP is a four-year project from 2001 to 2005. In November, 2001, Lisa Dillon and Chad Gaffield attended a two-way NAPP workshop in Minneapolis to discuss database enhancement priorities and procedures with project partners from the U.S., U.K., Norway and Iceland; Lisa Dillon remained with the NAPP team for additional days to discuss coding procedures with the Historical International Standard for Coding of Occupations (HISCO).

The 1881 Canadian Census database will be integrated with machine-readable samples of the 1871 Canadian census (Gordon Darroch and Michael Ornstein, Canadian Historical Social Mobility Project, York University), of the 1891 Canadian census (Ontario and eventually all of Canada) (Kris Inwood, Kevin James and Douglas McCalla, Guelph University) and the 1901 Canadian census (Eric Sager and Peter Baskerville, Canadian Families Project, University of Victoria). These nineteenth-century census microdata will in turn be integrated with similar machine-readable samples of the 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941 and 1951 censuses of Canada produced by the Canada Century Research Infrastructure (Chad Gaffield, University of Ottawa). Peter Kitchen, Research Co-ordinator of the Institute of Canadian Studies, University of Ottawa, will co-ordinate Phase 2 activities on the 1881 Canadian Census Project which are carried out at the University of Ottawa.

We have established a partnership with Montréal: l'Avenir du Passé (MAP), a collaborative micro-history project to create a geomatic framework for the microhistory of Montréal (McGill University, Concordia University, UQAM, University of Victoria, Université Laval and the Memorial University of Newfoundland). MAP is integrating the Montréal portion of the 1881 Canadian census database into its microhistorical, georeferenced database. Between October and December, 2001, MAP linked digitized maps drawn from the Drouilly Atlas of electoral districts for 1891 to the 1881 Québec census files. MAP also attached to the Québec portion of the 1881 census microdata a new variable, GEO, a unique number for each district and sub-district which allows the mapping of characteristics drawn from the census data. For further information about MAP, please contact Professor Sherry Olson, Geography Department, McGill University.

We are also collaborating with the Laboratoire de géographie historique, Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises, Université Laval. At the Laboratoire, Professor Marc St-Hilaire and graduate student Mathieu Gagné validated the 1881 census data for Québec City against the microfilm; the corrections they undertook will be integrated into the main 1881 Canadian census microdata file in February, 2002.

Last updated: 9/1/2010

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