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The library has city directories in print and on microfilm and microfiche for cities across the Untied States. To see a list of directories for cities in New Jersey, use the link below:
Many of these New Jersey directories are available in digitized form in Ancestry.com. Use the link below (if you are in the library) to access this collection. After clicking the link below, click the "all databases" link listed under the heading "More Collections." Next enter "U.S. City Directories" in the title box and then click "Search." Click on the title "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989." For the best results, use the "Browse this collection" option on the right side of the screen.
- Ancestry Library Edition (only works on public access computers in the library)
The library also has city directories on microfilm and on microfiche for other places in the United States. The microfiche collection comprises the material outlined by Dorothea N. Spear in her book, Bibliography of American Directories through 1860 (Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1961). Our microfilm set covers the years 1861 thru 1881. To see a list of these non-New Jersey directories, use one of the links below:
The non-New Jersey listing should be used as a general guide to what may be available. Not every year is represented.
Questions and comments regarding this page may be directed to the Genealogy Office.