Uniform Crime Reports [United States], 1930-1959

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
arrests; crime rates; crime reporting; crime statistics; law enforcement; offenses; Uniform Crime Reports
  • Abstract

    This collection contains electronic versions of the Uniform Crime Reports publications for the early years of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program in the United States. The reports, which were published monthly from 1930 to 1931, quarterly from 1932 to 1940, and annually from 1941 to 1959, consist of tables showing the number of offenses known to the police as reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by contributing police departments. The term "offenses known to the police" includes those crimes designated as Part I classes of the Uniform Classification code occurring within the police jurisdiction, whether they became known to the police through reports of police officers, citizens, prosecuting or court officials, or otherwise. They were confined to the following group of seven classes of grave offenses, historically those offenses most often and most completely reported to the police: felonious homicide, including murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, and manslaughter by negligence, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary -- breaking and entering, and larceny -- theft (including thefts $50 and over, and thefts under $50, and auto theft). The figures also included the number of attempted crimes in the designated classes excepting attempted murders classed as aggravated assaults. In other words, an attempted burglary or robbery, for example, was reported in the same manner as if the crimes had been completed. "Offenses known to the police" included, therefore, all of the above offenses, including attempts, which were reported by the police departments and not merely arrests or cleared cases.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Uniform Crime Reports, 1930-1936
    • DS2: Uniform Crime Reports, 1937-1943
    • DS3: Uniform Crime Reports, 1944-1959
Temporal Coverage
  • 1930 / 1959
    Time period: 1930--1959
  • 1930 / 1959
    Collection date: 1930--1959
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection consists of data and documentation combined in the same files. The collection is provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3666 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03666.v1
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