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Tabulators in Washington record the information from the more than 120,000 enumerators who gathered data for the 1940 U.S. census. The population record was veiled in secrecy for 72 years because of privacy concerns. (National Archives and Records Administration via Associated Press)

Tabulators in Washington record the information from the more than 120,000 enumerators who gathered data for the 1940 U.S. census. The population record was veiled in secrecy for 72 years because of privacy concerns. (National Archives and Records Administration via Associated Press)

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