Association of Directory Publishers

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The Association of Directory Publishers (est. 1898) is an American trade association headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan.[1]


The group formed in 1898 as the Association of American Directory Publishers, headquartered in New York. It aimed "to improve the directory business."[2] It changed its name to the Association of North American Directory Publishers in 1919.[3][4] It has held annual meetings starting in 1899 and has published the Directory Bulletin.[5] Officers have included George W. Overton and Ralph Lane Polk.[6] Among the members in the 1920s:[6]

In 1992 the group renamed itself the "Association of Directory Publishers."[1]


  1. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Associations 1 (51st ed.). 2012. p. 318. ISSN 0071-0202 – via Boston Public Library Reference & Reader's Advisory Department. 
  2. ^ "(Advertisement for the Association of American Directory Publishers)", Boyd's Directory of Harrisburg, 1908 
  3. ^ Printers' Ink, NY, September 11, 1919 
  4. ^ "Association of North American Directory Publishers". WorldCat. OCLC. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Directory Bulletin 1, Milwaukee: Association of American Directory Publishers, 1901 
  6. ^ a b "Members of Association of North American Directory Publishers", Manchester Directory, Sampson & Murdock Co., 1921 
  7. ^ A.V. Williams (1913), The development and growth of city directories, Cincinnati, Ohio: Williams Directory Co. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Pacific Bell fends off feisty competitors seeking confidential Yellow Pages data", San Francisco Business Times, March 1, 1991 

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