Study Description

Soviet Nationalities Data: 1926 and 1959 Censuses

TITLE: Soviet Nationalities Data: 1926 and 1959 Censuses.

ORIGINATING ORGANIZATION OR RESEARCHER: Brian Silver, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

DISC SOURCE: Brian Silver; collected from the 1926 and 1959 Soviet census reports and other statistical handbooks (see the documentation for full references).

DATES OF STUDY OR DATA COLLECTION: Data from the 1926 and 1959 Soviet censuses. Data were coded and punched in the mid- to late-1970s.

UNIVERSE TO WHICH DATA PERTAIN: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1926 and 1959.

NUMBER OF DATA UNITS: 4 data files (data are in card image format: file one: 28 records per observation; file two: 4 records per observation; file three: 1 record per observation; file four: 2 records per observation); total of 4,532 logical records; 69 language groups. 11/2015 SPSS systax files and SPSS system data files are added.


REFERENCE MATERIALS: Documentation includes a detailed codebook. Extensive notes on sources of information, problems encountered in coding particular pieces of information, and estimating procedures used for some of the variables are included.

CONDITION OF DATA: As collected by Brian Silver.

ABSTRACT OF CONTENT: The data represent an attempt to compile as much of the systematically arranged quantitative data on Soviet nationalities as could be garnered from published sources. The principle sources were the 1926 and 1959 Soviet census reports (full references are included in the documentation) and such statistical handbooks as Naradnoe khoziaistvo and Kul'turnoe stroitel'stvo. The central goal was to compile all available quantitative information on the linguistic practices and level of socio-economic development of Soviet ethnic groups. All groups that had been granted recognition in the form of their own constituent Union Republic, Autonomous Republic or Autonomous Province (Oblast) have been included -- at least an attempt was made to acquire information about such groups. In addition, for a number of "non-native" groups (Jews, Poles, Hungarians, Germans, etc.) whatever systematic information that could be found has been included--though for many purposes the researcher may wish to exclude these groups from the analysis. For almost all of the variables coded, the data are complete for the major nationalities of the Union Republics; for most variables data for up to 35 groups are complete; for some variables more than 50 groups are covered.