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Los Angeles City Directories

Identifier: 0235

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.


  • 1886 - 1953

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Advance notice required for access.

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.


30 Linear Feet (27 boxes )

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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.
Inventory of the Los Angeles City Directories, 1886-1953
Jacqueline Morin
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States