Published by Primary Source Microfilm
"For research in British history, directories are primary research tools. Presently copies of the 19th century directories are almost unobtainable in the out-of-print book trade and are very expensive." -- Florence Blakely, Formerly Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development
William R. Perkins Library, Duke University
Urban, economic and social historians are aware of the immense value of directories for teaching, project work and research. Packed with information, the Directories provide a detailed analysis of the development of major urban centers, and of the fundamental restructuring of society that took place during the industrial revolution. They give a panoramic view of change over more than a century, and a specific perspective on the growth of individual industries.
This comprehensive program brings together rare and unique directories from libraries throughout the United Kingdom; it does not overlap in anyway with the London Directories from the Guildhall Library collection also available from Primary Source Microfilm.
This first series offers important and unique materials from the Guildhall Library, London. The first national directories were published between 1781 and 1819 by various publishers, including William Bailey, William Robson and James Pigot. These give the earliest available coverage of many English, Welsh and Scottish towns.
"General" directories are those covering more than one county, such as Kelly's Directory for Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex published in 1845.
Included here, based on the incomparable holdings of the Guildhall Library, are the Bailey, Tunnicliff, Universal British and Holden & Underhill Directories.