Boston Directory

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The Boston Directory of Boston, Massachusetts, was first published in 1789. It contained "a list of the merchants, mechanics, traders, and others, of the town of Boston; in order to enable strangers to find the residence of any person." Also included were listings for public officials, doctors, bank directors, and firemen.[1] The directory was issued annually after 1825; previously it had appeared irregularly.

The number of listings in each directory reflected fluctuations in the population size of Boston. In 1789, the directory included some 1,474 listings; by 1875, there were 126,769.[2]

Publishers included John Norman (1789); John West (1796-1803); Edward Cotton (1805-1818); Charles Stimpson (1820-1846); George Adams (1846-1857);[3] Adams, Sampson & Co. (1858-1865); Sampson, Davenport & Co. (1865-1884); Sampson, Murdock & Co. (1885-1903); Sampson & Murdock Co. (1904-ca.1930); R.L. Polk & Co. (1944-ca.1980).[4][5]

Boston Directories[edit]

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]



20th century[edit]


1950 -[edit]

21st century[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Boston Directory. 1789.
  2. ^ Advertisement for Boston Directory. Boston Almanac, 1875.
  3. ^ New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1866 
  4. ^ Advertisement for Boston Directory. Boston Almanac, 1875.
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Further reading[edit]

  • A.V. Williams (1913), "Boston, Massachusetts", The Development and Growth of City Directories, Cincinnati, Ohio: Williams Directory Co. 

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