City Directory Search Request
For this research service, Library Staff will search for one name--individual or business--in up to five years of one city's directories.
Turnaround: Research is usually completed and sent within 60 business days.
About This Research Service: City directories were compiled for medium and large cities, and some rural areas, but not for every location in the state and not for every year. It may be helpful to check our city directory holdings.
You may request specific individual years or a range of years--up to a total of five years--but searching in multiple cities requires separate orders for each location. If the specified name or business does not appear in the year(s) requested, you will receive a copy of the page where the name would have appeared.
Note: City directories list families by the head of household. This means that minors are never listed and women's names usually only appear if they are living independently from parents or spouse (single, widowed, divorced).
If you are looking for city directories from St. Paul or Minneapolis they are also available online in the following places:
- St. Paul Public Library City Directory Collection 1856-1922
- Hennepin County Public Library City Directory Collection 1859-1950 (Edina, Hopkins, Minneapolis, and St. Louis Park are included here)
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