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New York State Census

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 3 Aug 2015

Biographical History

The area which eventually became New York State was first visited by Europeans in 1609. The area was largely settled by Dutch until the Second Anglo-Dutch War, when the English captured it and governed it as the Province of New York. New York wrote its first state Constitution in 1777; that same year, George Clinton was inaugurate as the state's first governor. A "Census of Electors and Other Inhabitants" in 1814, divided by town, shows a total of just over 1 million; today the state has a population of nearly 8.5 million.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The New York State Census consists of a single oversize sheet labeled as "Census of N[ew] York. No. 1." The document probably dates from after 1814 but before 1820, based on the counties that are included and the populations given. The categories are "Not Naturalized," "Free Whites" divided by males and females, "Slaves," "Free Colored," "Indentured Servants," and "Total." Fifty counties are listed.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single sheet.


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Subject Headings


New York (State) -- Population.


New York (State) -- History -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms

Census records.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

New York State Census,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Table of Contents

Administrative records