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Directories: Telephone


Telephone directories, although not originally created for this purpose, can assist in locating where a person was living in a particular time and place. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages.

The Library has an extensive collection of telephone directories from throughout the state.  Telephone directories were printed on low-quality paper and were intended for short term use, thus our files vary in completeness by city and time period.


How to find telephone directories

To locate a telephone directory in the Library's collections:

  • Search the library catalog.
  • Enter [county name] telephone (i.e. Wright county telephone). The finding aids for county telephone directories will break down holdings by city.

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