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Collection primarily in
, but also contains materials in Cambodian,
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This collection documents the multilingual advertising campaigns created by the Advertising Council to promote the 1990 Census.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of advertising materials produced to promote the 1990 census. It contains proof sheets, correspondence, three quarter inch videotapes, and storyboards.
Materials in this collection have been arranged alphabetically by the title of the advertising campaign.
Since 1790, the Department of Commerce has conducted a decennial Census to document the demographic characteristics of the American population, and to establish the proportional distribution of political representation . For the 1990 Census, advertising agencies under the aegis of the Advertising Council volunteered their creative efforts to promote the United States Census through public service announcemnts in newspapers, magazines, and the business press, and on radio and television.
The full campaign was designed to run from February 1 through April 7, 1990. The "blitz run" period ran from March 4 through April 7, 1990. The collection consists of proof sheets, storyboards, video tapes, audio reels and an introductory letter from Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher. The volunteer agencies were The Mingo Group, Castor GS & B, Muse Cordero Chin, and Ogilvy & Mather. Slogans for the campaign included "Answer the Census. It Counts for More Than You Think", "Stand Right Up. Answer the Census", "Any Way We Add It - It Makes Good Sense to Answer the Census", and "Esta Es La Nuestra! Participe En El Censo". To reach the broadest audience possible, ads were created in English, Spanish (including dislects in Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban and Nortera), Cambodian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Laotian and Vietnamese.
Mimi L. Minnick and Miles Lawlor
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Census Promotion Office, Bureau of the Census, 1990.
Ownership and Custodial History
These materials were donated to the Center for Advertising history by the Census Promotion Office of the Bureau of the Census.
This collection was processed by Mimi L. Minnick, archivist, 1990. Additional processing completed by Miles Lawlor; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist, August 2019.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Advertising Council 1990 Census Advertising Collection, 1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
National Museum of American History
Division of Political and Military History (now Division of Political and Military History)
The Division of Political and Military History holds posters, pins, and three-dimensional objects promoting the 1990 Census.
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012