Government Information Exhibits
2020 March United States Census Display
The year 2020 marks the 230th Decennial Census in the United States. Mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution the decennial census has been conducted in years ending in "0" since 1790. The earliest decennial censuses were conducted under the authority of the Secretary of State until the Department of the Interior assumed responsibility in 1849. Upon its creation in 1902, the U.S. Census Bureau in the Department of Commerce and Labor now oversees the census. FSU Libraries created a multilayered display composed of government publications and popular literature to provide information about the significance, use, and controversies of this national event, and to encourage the FSU and the Tallahassee community to participate in this year’s census.