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City Directories

Sherman Library has an extensive collection of city directories. The largest portion of the collection is for California cities, however, the Library also hold directories for Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii.

City Directories typically list the residents of an area or city in alphabetical order. They usually include the name, spouse, home address, occupation and sometimes the individual’s business address.

These volumes were issued by the telephone companies and are sorted by street address. In addition to the address, they include the resident’s name and phone number.

Some city directories include a street address index as well.