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A city directory is a listing of residents, streets, businesses, organizations or institutions, giving their location in a city. It may be arranged alphabetically or geographically or in other ways. Antedating telephone directories, they were in use for centuries. [1] Many older directories have been digitized and are available on the open web and through subscription databases. [2]

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Examples included Kelly's Directory, the Boston Directory, and the New York City Directory.

Kelly's Directory was a trade directory in England that listed all businesses and tradespeople in a particular city or town, as well as a general directory of postal addresses of local gentry, landowners, charities, and other facilities. In effect, it was a Victorian version of today's Yellow Pages. Many reference libraries still keep their copies of these directories, which are now an important source for historical research.

The Boston Directory of Boston, Massachusetts, was first published in 1789. It contained "a list of the merchants, mechanics, traders, and others, of the town of Boston; in order to enable strangers to find the residence of any person." Also included were listings for public officials, doctors, bank directors, and firemen. The directory was issued annually after 1825; previously it had appeared irregularly.

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References

  1. "City Directories". www.oberlinheritagecenter.org. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  2. Moazeni, Sarah. "Research Guides: New York City: City Directories". guides.nyu.edu. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
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