Department of the Interior, Census Office ... Report on the Productions of Agriculture
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1883. 4to. (11 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches). 1149pp. Plates, maps and tables.
Contemporary half morocco and cloth covered boards, marbled endpapers and edges.
A significant volume of the Tenth Census which greatly expanded the previously used methodologies.
The Tenth Census was an important census, as the methodology was greatly changed from previous years to improve accuracy: census districts were reduced in size, many more census marshals were appointed, in-person home visits of each household first required, and many more fields of inquiry were established. Following a two-volume compendium, the printed reports of the census of 1880 cover a wide range of subjects and occupy 22 large quarto volumes, with the present volume being the one devoted to agriculture. In this census, they greatly expanded inquiries regarding various crops (including acreage for principal crops) and included questions on farm tenure, weeks of hired labor, annual cost for fence building and repair, fertilizer purchases, and the number of livestock.