Reports of the American Indian Family History Project, 1885-1930

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data
  • Hoxie, Frederick E. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Sattler, Richard A. (University of Montana)
  • Shoemaker, Nancy (University of Connecticut)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
birth rates; children; cultural change; cultural traditions; families; family relationships; family size; family structure; indigenous populations; intermarriage; marital status; marriage; Native Americans; populations; social status; socioeconomic status; traditional societies
  • Abstract

    The Reports of the American Indian Family History Project was a study aimed at examining demographic trends among Native Americans families during the late 1800s and early 1900s utilizing census data, collected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Census Bureau. Specifically, this study observed the behavior of Native American families from the Colville, Creek, Crow, Hopi, and White Earth Chippewa tribes at the time of the 1885, 1900, 1910, and 1930 censuses, although data were not available for all tribes in all years. Common among each dataset in the collection are variables on the respondent's age, sex, and family size. Also appearing in each dataset in the collection are variables describing the respondent's relation to the head of his or her household, number of children born to the respondent, and the familial status of the respondent's mother, father, and spouse. The data from 1900 and 1910 include socioeconomic variables relating to occupation, education, and home ownership. Also unique to the 1900 and 1910 data are variables that more specifically categorize the race and ethnicity of the respondent. Language and marital status variables appear in the 1900, 1910, and 1930 data as well.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Colville 1885
    • DS2: Crow 1885
    • DS3: Hopi 1885
    • DS4: White Earth Chippewa 1885
    • DS5: Colville 1900
    • DS6: Creek 1900
    • DS7: Crow 1900
    • DS8: Hopi 1900
    • DS9: White Earth Chippewa 1900
    • DS10: Colville 1910
    • DS11: Creek 1910
    • DS12: Crow 1910
    • DS13: Hopi 1910
    • DS14: White Earth Chippewa 1910
    • DS15: Colville 1930
    • DS16: Crow 1930
    • DS17: Hopi 1930
    • DS18: White Earth Chippewa 1930
Temporal Coverage
  • 1885 / 1930
    Time period: 1885--1930
  • 1885 / 1930
    Collection date: 1885--1930
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Population of Native Americans belonging to the Colville, Creek, Crow, Hopi, and White Earth Chippewa tribes.
2007-03-27 The SAS and SPSS setup files, as well as the codebook have been updated. Stata setup files, and SAS and Stata supplemental syntax files have been added.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3576 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03576.v2

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30