Online Telephone Directory Collection of Interest to Genealogists

The Library of Congress’ collection of telephone directories represents the following states and localities: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the city of Chicago. The dates of the directories span most of the 20th century. The Library’s United States telephone directory collection consists of 8,327 digitized reels of microfilm; of these, about 3,500 are presented in this collection. The remainder of the collection may be requested from the Microform Reader Services (LJ 139).

You can read more about this online collection at https://www.loc.gov/collections/united-states-telephone-directory-collection/about-this-collection/ while the catalog of available directories and much more may be found at https://www.loc.gov/collections/united-states-telephone-directory-collection/.

My thanks to newsletter reader Michelle Cadoree Bradley for telling me about this online resource.

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Thanks for sharing this information. But perusing the numerous cities on the list brings back a major complaint. Why do so many sites use that small fine light blue font that these old eyes find so difficult to read????? Unrelated to the topic, Dick, but would sure appreciate your filling me in and maybe even suggesting a solution or work-around. TIA A long-time fan and subscriber to your newsletter.

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    —> but would sure appreciate your filling me in and maybe even suggesting a solution or work-around.
    Two suggestions:
    1. In most web browsers, hold down the CONTROL (or COMMAND key on Macintosh systems), then press the PLUS key to display a larger font or the MINUS key to go to a smaller font. That changes the font size only but does not change colors.
    2. Copy-and-Paste. I often use the mouse to highlight something I want to save, copy it, then paste it into a different program where I can control the font size, such as a word processor or text editor.
    These methods work on the text in MOST web pages but you might find an occasional exception.

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Any indication if they’re going to digitize any more? There’s a better chance of more of the collection being digitized before I visit DC.

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Appreciate the work-around. Will definitely utilize! But any clue as to why such a whimpy color of font is used when the long-time publishing standard of BLACK is so much clearer?

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