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Tennessee Town census

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Creator: Central Congregational Church (Topeka, Kan.)

Date: 1898

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: History Topeka (oversize) Central Congregational Church
Oversize K 929.3 T62 T256cen (Photocopy)

Unit ID: 209734

Summary: The information in this census from the area of Topeka known as Tennessee Town was taken by the assistant pastor of Central Congregational Church Leroy Halbert and Mrs. M. L. Sherman. Under its minister Charles M. Sheldon, the Central Congregational Church offered various social service programs to aid black families that lived adjacent to its location in Topeka's third ward. The census was conducted to document living conditions so that Sheldon and the church could use the information for planning social service programs.

Space Required/Quantity: Oversize 10" x 15"

Title (Main title): Tennessee Town census

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074-02-05-02  Incomplete photocopy; see Oversize K 929.3 T62 T256cen for a complete photocopy 

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General Note: Apparently, the census was compiled from a questionnaire that contained questions about individuals and a second one with questions about families. The individual portion of the census recorded name address, age, sex, occupation, wages per day or month, church membership and attendance, lodge membership, whether or not they had been slaves or which of their ancestors had been slaves, extent of their education, health, and several questions about marital status. The family portion of the census contained head of household, address, number in the family, number living at home, whether they owned or rented their home, estimated assets, estimated yearly income, and number employed. It also included information about what food they raised (animals and gardens), questions about the property and landscaping, church preference, and whether they subscribed to a newspaper. Charles Sheldon was part of the Social Gospel movement. He became well known as the author of "In His Steps or What Would Jesus Do."