City and telephone directories allow you to look for individuals, families, or businesses to view such details as: addresses, occupations, and household residents. Observed broadly, they will also provide a community perspective. The following resources provide an inventory of the city and telephone directories available at the Library of Congress.
Library of Congress Digital Collections are free to view online. A selection of these resources is provided below with links to the home pages for each relevant archive. You can also explore the complete list of Digital Collections to find even more and see the latest additions.
For a convenient list of the digitized directories:
If you do not find the city of interest in the digital collection, explore the Research Guides tab to see indexed lists of the U.S. City Directories and U.S. Telephone Directories available in print and microform formats at the Library of Congress.
The subscription resources marked with a padlock are restricted and only available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.
To enter the selected databases below, first click the Ancestry Library Edition External link above to establish a connection to the subscription database. Once you have done so, click on the desired database link to begin your research.
The Library of Congress makes available to the public an extensive collection of past and present city, telephone, and reverse telephone (criss-cross) directories. The following research guides provide indexed lists to the Libraries print and microform collections.