List of Useful Directory References
1918 Polk’s Pittsburgh City Directory. R. L. Polk and Co., 1918. Adjutant General’s Office. Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military and Naval in the Service of the United States 30 Sept. 1863. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1864.
Andersson, Brian G. “City Directories.” Ancestry Daily News (11 January 1999).
Alaska Directory and Gazetteer 1934–1935. Seattle: Alaska Directory Co., 1935.
Burrows, J. Lansing, ed. American Baptist Register for 1852. Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1853.
Burton, Robert E. “City Directories in the United States, 1784–1820: A Bibliography with Historical Notes.” MS thesis, University of Michigan, 1956. Gives locations of directories.
Catalog of City, County, and State Directories Published in North America. New York: North American Directory Publishers, 1967. May help to identify and locate directories no longer in print.
City and State Directories in Print, 1990–1991. 1st ed. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1989.
City Directories of the United States Pre 1860 Through 1901: Guide to the Microfilm Collection. Woodbridge, Conn.: Research Publications, 1983.
Committee on the General Catalogue. Columbia University Alumni Register, 1754–1931. New York: Columbia University Press, 1932.
Davis, Marjorie V. Guide to American Business Directories. Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1948. May help to identify and locate directories no longer in print.
Directories in Print, 1992. 9th ed. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1991.
“Directories in the Library of Congress.” American Genealogist 13 (1937): 46–53; 27 (1951): 142.
Doggett’s New York Directory 1833–1834. New York: John Doggett Jr., 1834. Doggett’s New York City Directories 1845–46. New York: John Doggett Jr., 1846.
Ethridge, James M., ed. The Directory of Directories. Detroit: Information Enterprises, 1908. Reprinted by permission.
Executive Council of the Alpha Delta Phi. Catalogue of the Alpha Delta Phi, 1832–1866. New York: Alpha Delta Phi, 1966.
Hillman, Barbara. Guide to the Use of the United States. Census Office. 10th Census 1880 New York City. New York: New York Public Library, 1963.
Hinckley, Kathleen W. “Skillbuilding: Analyzing City Directories.” OnBoard–Newsletter of the BCG 2, no. 2 (May 1968).
Hofstetter, Eleanore O., and Harold C. Livesay. “Pre-Civil War Directories Sources in American History.” RQ 8 (1968): 174–76.
International Directories in Print, 1989–90. 1st ed. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1988.
Kirkham, E. Kay. A Handy Guide to Record Searching in the Larger Cities of the United States. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1974.
Klein, Bernard. Guide to American Directories. 5th ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1962.
Knights, Peter R. “The Plain People of Boston.” Scientific American (November 1981). Includes a perceptive appendix on directories.
Mariner, Mary Lou Craver, and Patricia Roughan Bellows. A Research Aid for the Massachusetts 1910 Federal Census. Sudbury, Mass.: Computerized Assistance, 1988.
McElroy’s Philadelphia City Directory 1862. Philadelphia: E. C. and J. Biddle, 1862.
Morgan, George G. “City vs. Telephone Directories.” Ancestry Daily News (15 June 2001).
Moriarty, John H. “Directory Information Materials for New York City Residents, 1626–1786: A Bibliographic Study.” Bulletin New York Public Library (October 1942).
Neal, Colleen. Lest We Forget: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Nation’s Capital. Annandale, Va., 1982.
New Mexico Business Directory . . . 1907–1908. Denver: Gazetteer Publishing Co., 1907.
Parker, Nathan C. Personal Name Index to the 1856 City Directories of California. Genealogy and Local History Series, vol. 10. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1980.
Second Report of the Provost Marshall General to the Secretary of War. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1919.
Smith, Juliana. “Fun with City Directories.” Ancestry Daily News (25 September 2000).
———. “Using Directories.” Ancestry Daily News (20 March 2000).
Sopp, Elsie L. Personal Name Index to the 1856 City Directories of Iowa. Genealogy and Local History Series, vol. 13. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1980.
Spear, Dorothea N. Bibliography of American Directories Through 1860. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1961.
Street Directory of the Principal Cities of the United States . . . to April 1908. 5th ed. 1908. Reprint, Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1973.
Street Directory of the Principal Cities of the United States Embracing Letter-Carrier Offices Established to April 30, 1908. Washington, D.C.: Postmaster General, 1908.