Creator

Date Original

1840-1999

Description

This collection contains business and city directories from Arkansas and other states.

Biographical/Historical Note

One of the earliest city directories was printed in 1595 for the city of London, England. City directories were very popular from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. They were usually compiled by conducting door-to-door surveys. Business and city directories provide information about individuals and businesses. Individual entries usually include address and occupation, but can also include spouse's name, marital status, children's names and birth years, and phone number (in later editions). Race is often included in the entries, as well. Entries are arranged by name and by address. Many directories provide historical background of the city, lists of streets, ward boundaries, public works, and city officials. Surrounding areas are often included. Directories printed during wartime may include lists of local residents who served in the military. Also, directories will often include residents who passed away the previous year.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Connecticut; Louisiana; Maryland; Missouri; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000609

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Business and city directories collection, MS.000609

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Business and city directories collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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