Past Exhibition

The People Count: The Census in the Making of America

March 13, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Representative government depends on keeping an accurate count. As the 2020 Census kicks off, this exhibition from the David M. Rubenstein Americana Collection provides an in-depth look at the origins and story of the U. S. Census from 1790 through the 1800s, using 30 books and manuscripts that reveal the critical role the Census played in the development of the country.

Representative government depends on keeping an accurate count. As the 2020 Census kicks off, this exhibition from the David M. Rubenstein Americana Collection provides an in-depth look at the origins and story of the U. S. Census from 1790 through the 1800s, using 30 books and manuscripts that reveal the critical role the Census played in the development of the country. Among the highlights: the first U.S. Census from 1790, a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation from 1863, and a Census of American Indians from 1894. (Curated by Mazy Boroujerdi, advisor to the David M. Rubenstein Americana Collection, and Michael Ryan, vice president and Sue Ann Weinberg director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library)

Exhibition Highlights

Scientific American, August 30, 1890 [detail]. Courtesy of David M. Rubenstein

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media