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City Directories

City directories, often referred to as Polk or "crisscross" directories, provide listings of residents and businesses alphabetically, by address and by telephone number. The University Libraries have an extensive collection of Buffalo City Directories as follows:


Buffalo City Directories

Summary:

1828-1935 on Microform in Silverman Library in Capen Hall

1848-present (not all years available) various locations

Current year in Lockwood Reference F129 .B8 A18

Details are in a chart below

Buffalo Address Books and Family Directories are being added to New York Heritage Digital Collections.

Many Buffalo directories have been scanned; they are listed at Buffalo Research.


Buffalo Suburban Directories

To locate a suburban directory, search the Libraries Catalog.  Do a keyword search (e.g., Amherst and directories)


City Directories of the United States

Silverman Library, houses the microform collection of the 18th, 19th and 20th century United States city directories. For a more detailed listing of coverage and access, see the City Directories of the United States .The Grosvenor Room at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library also has a large collection of local City and Subruban Directories.


Buffalo City Directories in the UB Libraries

Area Library location Years owned
Buffalo F129.B8 A18 Lockwood 1936-current
Not every year is represented.
Buffalo F129.B8 A18 Special Collections
non-circulating
1848/49, 1860, 1864
Buffalo F129.B8 A18  Annex
City Directories stored in the UB Libraries’ Annex are too fragile to handle and will not be retrieved for use. Please use the microform editions in Silverman Library.
1848-1935
Not every year is represented.
Buffalo northeast suburban F129.B8 A1812  Lockwood 1959-80
Not every year is represented.
Buffalo southeast suburban F129.B8 A1813  Lockwood 1963-79
Not every year is represented.
Buffalo suburban F129.B8 A1814 Lockwood 1983-1990
Buffalo north suburban F129.B8A18142 Lockwood 1992-93
Buffalo south suburban F129.B8A18143 Lockwood 1992-93
Buffalo south & suburban area F129.B8A1815 Lockwood 1983-current
Not every year is represented.
Buffalo Address Book & Family Directory F129 B8 A182 Lockwood 1884-1912
Not every year is represented.
Directory for the City of Buffalo F129 B8 D59 Special Collections
non-circulating
1832, 1836/37
Directory for the City of Buffalo F129 B8 D591 1832a
Annex
City Directories stored in the UB Libraries’ Annex are too fragile to handle and will not be retrieved for use. Please use the microform editions in Silverman Library.
1832
Buffalo MicFilm E154.5 .D41 Silverman Library 1861-1935
Buffalo MicFiche E154.5 .D4
fiche 219-248
Silverman Library
1828-1860
Buffalo Social Register E154.7.B83 Annex 1904, 1911, 1963-66, 1969, 1972-73
Buffalo Social Register E154.7 .B83  Special Collections
non-circulating
1914, 1943, 1955-57, 1960-63, 1973
Buffalo Social Register F129.B8 B5  Special Collections
non-circulating
1914
Buffalo Social Register F129.B8 B5 Lockwood 1923, 1931, 1937, 1940

Last Update: Sept 2013