Published by Primary Source Microfilm
Based on Dorothea N. Spear's Bibliography of American Directories Through 1860 and material from the American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Massachusetts
City directories are among the most comprehensive sources of historical and personal information available. Their emphasis on ordinary people and the common-place event make them important in the study of American history and culture. One of the few means available for researchers to uncover information on specific individuals, these directories provide such information as:
In addition, researchers can learn much about day-to-day life through analysis of information on churches, public and private schools, benevolent, literary and other associations, and banks. Finally, most directories include advertising, often illustrating the products being sold. This information lends valuable insight into the city's lifestyles and illustrates popular trends.
- City and county officers
- Heads of families, firms and names of those doing business in the city
- Lists of city residents
- Street Directories
City Directories of the United States includes an impressive number of cities - ranging from large and small, well-known and obscure, thriving metropolis and ghost town.
The collection currently includes nearly 12,000 city directories, and is available for purchase by city, state, region, year or timeframe segment.
Segment I (through 1860)
Segment II (1861-1881)
Segment II Supplement
Segment III (1882-1901)
Segment III Supplement
26 units, 25 reels each
Segment IV (1902-1935)
Segment V (1936-1960)
Segment VI (1961-1999)