The following is from the Summer 2020 issue of Vision.
When the 1980 Census was conducted, Sr. Mary T. Higgins was an administrator at Mount Saint Vincent Convent. The sisters who lived at the Convent at that time were determined to be included.
The new mail-out/mail-back enumeration using questionnaires for larger metropolitan areas was implemented during the prior census, in 1970. Sr. Mary’s multiple telephone calls to request questionnaires were never answered. “They got their forms,” Sr. Mary said of the College, “but when we didn’t get our questionnaires in April, I called the Census Bureau and they said they would get back to me.”
However, despite multiple appeals to the Census Bureau for recognition, their interests were discounted. Sr. Mary believed that this was due to an administrative oversight, by which the Convent was regarded as part of the College of Mount Saint Vincent because of its location on the same campus. The accompanying photograph includes 18 of the 40 sisters who stood up to be counted.
“We feel neglected by the United States government. We like our neighborhood,” said Sr. Mary, “and we want to make sure it gets all the federal aid and congressional representation it’s entitled to.”
Sr. Mary, now retired and residing at the Mount Saint Vincent Convent, was administrator at the Convent when this article was published. Excerpt from article by Eli Teiber, The New York Post; photograph by Mary McLoughlin, 1980.
By Mindy Gordon, Archivist
Mary, Hats off to your great memory. I could only get 4 of the group. Thanks for sharing this and also explaining WHY the 40 weren’t counted. Has that been remedied for the present census?