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About this collection

The Seattle City Directory collection contains several early Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington State, and Pacific Coast directories beginning in 1867. These directories provide a great deal of information for genealogists, local history researchers, and history enthusiasts, including: historical information about Seattle and the surrounding area; addresses & occupations of residents; business listings; advertisements; and information about schools, churches, & social organizations. While most of these directories are from the late nineteenth century, we have also included the 1928 Seattle House and Street Directory - the earliest reverse directory for Seattle that lists households and businesses by address. The directories are full-text searchable, with results highlighted on the pages where they appear, and are also navigable by section and page.

The original city directories are located in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room and in the History, Travel & Maps Department, both located in the Seattle Central Library.

We'd like to thank the Vancouver Public Library in British Columbia for providing digitized images of three early Pacific Coast directories (1867, 1882-3, & 1883-4). These and other B.C. directories were digitized with funding from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's British Columbia History Digitization Program, and are available via the Vancouver Public Library Web site.

 
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