City Directories

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

City directories typically list the residents of a city or unincorporated community in alphabetical order. City directories usually include the name, spouse’s name, home address, occupation and sometimes the individual’s telephone number and business address.

Street address directories, many of which were issued by telephone companies, are sorted by street name and address. In addition to the address, they typically include the resident’s name and phone number.  Some city directories also include a supplementary street address index.

The city directory collection is open to the public and there is no charge for personal research.  Commercial firms wishing to use the directories must pay a daily fee.  Contact the library for additional information.  

While Sherman Library is closed during the COVID-19 crisis, commercial firms may pay to have specific addresses researched by staff members.  For additional information, see the Search Request Page.  

To determine if Sherman Library has a city directory or street address directory for a specific community, enter the community’s name in the form below.

City Directory Search

To determine if Sherman Library has a city directory or street address directory for a specific community, enter the community’s name in the form below.