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Guide to the Sacramento (Calif.) city directory collection
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City directories of the city of Sacramento, California and surrounding areas beginning in 1850-2017. Entries are listed by individual or business name and include their residence or business address and telephone number for later years. In 1914 the city directories began providing a reverse directory by street name and address for individuals and businesses.
Published on January 1, 1851, James Horace Culver's Directory for the Year 1851 was the first book to be published in Sacramento, California and the first city directory on the West Coast to list street address numbers. The directory listed the city's residents, churches, benevolent organizations, saloons, restaurants, boarding houses, city and county elected officials, schools, theaters, courts, leading taxpayers, steamboat captains, and a brief history of the city.
180 volumes + 29 reels of microfilm
All requests to publish or quote from private collections held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH 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 by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.
Collection is open for research use.