Can I just get a copy of every data table in NHGIS and save myself the hassle of repeatedly downloading different tables?
The full NHGIS dataset is very large, it is into the terabytes now. Users frequently ask for this, thinking it will save them time to have every file we have, but sifting through over fourteen thousand tables and hundreds of thousands of fields is not an easy task. Data-hungry researchers are free to email NHGIS to request large quantities of data delivered outside of the website data extraction system. Honoring said requests, however, is at the discretion of NHGIS staff.