Science Carries On

This blog recently discussed a way to search for CCC workers in the 1940 U.S. population census. That research made us curious as to how other Americans managed to put food on the table during the Great Depression. For example, how did scientists cope with economic downturn and large-scale unemployment? Turns out, they did all right for themselves.

Woods Hole electron microscope (NLM.gov photo)

It’s fairly easy to search for scientists in the 1940 federal population census. In the bottom right corner of the Ancestry LE (Ancestry Library Edition) landing page (or midway on the HeritageQuest Online landing page), select 1940 from the U.S. Census box. Now try the following search:

SEARCH—OCCUPATION: scientist (Exact)—910 results

You can also search for specific types of scientist:

SEARCH—OCCUPATION: ichthyologist (Exact)—18 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: ornithologist (Exact)—22 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: paleontologist (Exact)—114 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: astronomer (Exact)—138 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: biologist (Exact)—559 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: meteorologist (Exact)—636 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: entomologist (Exact)—843 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: physicist (Exact)—1,103 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: geologist (Exact)—3,407 results
SEARCH—OCCUPATION: chemist (Exact)—51,865 results

You can use HeritageQuest Online at home (with a valid SLPL library card), or at Central Library or any of our branches.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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