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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is inviting you to have a
say about what it’ll be like to research the 2010 census records in the future.
NARA is asking for public comment on the Appraisal and Records schedule for the census.
These schedules list all the records created during Census 2010—not just the census
forms you filled out, but also address canvassing maps, data summaries, various publications
and more—and proposes standards for their retention or disposition.
For those records proposed for permanent retention, the schedule contains instructions
for their transfer to NARA. For records are proposed for temporary retention, the
schedule contains instructions for their later disposal.
The proposed schedule provides that the 2010 decennial census forms we all filled
out will be preserved in the form of scanned images. (You
can read about the archives’ preservation of digital images here.) It calls for
those and other “permanently valuable” records to be transferred to NARA within 10
years after the census.
The documents are lengthy. You
can get a summary of many of the documents proposed for preservation on the archives’
Records Express blog.
Comments and questions regarding the proposed retention/disposition of records are
being accepted on both of the above-mentioned blog posts through Dec. 30.