Historic City Directories

Digitized collection of our city directories from 1866-1922!

"Containing an alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens, a street and avenue guide, miscellaneous directory, city and county officers, terms of court, churches, colleges, public and private schools, buildings, banks, incorporated institutions, railroads, secret and benevolent societies, etc." (Description from R.L. Polk & Co.).

We also keep print directories at the Central Library from 1910 - present and city directories on microfilm from 1866 - 1935.  Browse by decade below or view all our digitized city directories at Archive.org

1920-1922 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories
R.L. Polk & Co.
Contains City Directories for 1920-1922.

1910-1919 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories
R.L. Polk & Co.
Contains City Directories for 1910-1917, 1919.

1900-1909 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories
R.L. Polk & Co.
Contains City Directories for 1900-1909.

1890-1899 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories
R.L. Polk & Co.
Contains City Directories for 1892-1895, 1898, 1899.

1880-1889 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories
J.P. Bushnell
Contains City Directories for 1881-1884, 1886, 1888, 1889.

1870-1879 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories
J.P. Bushnell
Contains City Directories for 1871, 1873, 1876, 1877, 1879.

1860-1869 Des Moines and Polk County, Iowa, City Directories
Mills & Co.
Contains City Directories for 1866 and 1869.

The Central Library also maintains a collection Des Moines phone books 1957 - present.

 

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