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Inventory of the Los Angeles City Directories, 1886-1953

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, 2010

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Title
Los Angeles City Directories
Collection no.
0235
Date [inclusive]
1886-1953
Extent
30.0 Linear feet, 27 boxes
Language
English
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.

Preferred Citation

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

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Revision Description

 , 2012

Conditions Governing Access

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Archival resources
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Directories

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Collection Inventory

Box

 1886-87, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1891 

1

 1892-1895 

2

 1896, 1899, 1901, 1902 

3

 1903-1906 

4

 1906-1909 

5

 1910-1913 

6

 1914-1917 

7

 1917, 1918, 1920 

8

 1921-1923 

9

 1924-1925 

10

 1926-1927 

11

 1928-1929 

12

 1930-1931 

13

 1932-1933 

14

 1934-1935 

15

 1936-1937 

16

 1938-1939 

17

 1940-1941 

18

 1942, 1949 

19

 1953 

20

 1888, 1890, 1901, 1904 

21

 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914 

22

 1916-1918 

23

 1920, 1925 

24

 1928, 1929 

25

 1929, 1932 

26

 1937 

27

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