Online New York City directories available through NYPL

New York Public Library is digitizing its New York City directories and will make them available free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal.

Currently the years available in the digital collections range from 1849/50 through 1881/82. City directories through 1923 have already been scanned and will be going online in the coming months. Ultimately the directories will be text searchable.

City directories include not only residential listings but also listings of businesses, religious organizations, courts, police stations, and orphanages.

To browse through the current collection of directories, go to: and in the search box use “New York City Directories.”

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