Los Angeles City Directories, 1886-1953 Edit


Finding Aid Author
Jacqueline Morin
Finding Aid Date
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description


  • 1886 – 1953 (Creation)


  • 30 Linear Feet (Whole)
    27 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    Los Angeles City Directories, Collection no. 0235, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Scope and Content

    USC's set of Los Angeles city directories cover the years between 1886 and 1953, except for the following years: 1889, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1919, 1943-48, 1950-52. Most of the volumes are fragile and enclosed in phase boxes for protection. The first 20 boxes include one year of each year that is included in the collection; the last 7 boxes are duplicate volumes.

  • Abstract

    City directories are among the most important sources of information about urban areas and their inhabitants. They provide personal and professional information about a city's residents as well as information about its business, civic, social, religious, charitable, and literary institutions. A typical city directory provides a listing of residents, streets, businesses, organizations or institutions, giving their location in a city.

    The collection consists of 78 bound volumes of Los Angeles city directories covering the years 1886 through 1953, though not every year is represented.