In March 1896, fire damaged the Special Schedules: Mortality, Crime, Pauperism and benevolence, special classes (e.g., deaf, dumb, blind, insane), and portions of the transportation and insurance schedules. These damaged records were subsequently destroyed by order of the Department of the Interior.
On 10 January 1921, a fire at the Commerce Building in Washington D.C. led to a portion of the 1890 Population Schedules being damaged by water. The destruction of the surviving records was authorized by Congressional order in 1933, and this order was carried out by 1934.
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