Creator

Date Original

1871-1995

Description

This collection contains city directories for the state of Arkansas.

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. 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

Language

English

Identifier

MSSA.0020

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Arkansas city directories, MSSA.0020

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas city directories, Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, Arkansas State Archives, Washington, Arkansas.

Disciplines

United States History

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