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Inventory of Telephone Exchange Directories

Compiled by Ellen Terrell
Business Reference Specialist
June 2014

This guide includes exchange directories published by the various telephone companies like the Maryland Telephone & Telegraph Company, Cincinnati Bell Telephone, and the Missouri & Kansas Telephone Company in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Directories can be just residential, just business, or both depending on the publisher.

They were produced during a time when many homes and businesses did not have telephones. Consequently, many places that are covered may not have many listings and may cover large swaths of geography often whole states or even crossing state lines. A single directory may cover places/exchanges in 2 or 3 states or just a single city. When possible, information on the specific exchanges and/or places has been included. Lastly, many times there were multiple directories per year and that has been noted.

If you are looking for similar information another source that is related is the City Business Directories collection.

Image (right): Directory of the Maryland Telephone and Telegraph Company. November 1st, 1901.
Courtesy of Ellen Terrell

 

Directory of the Maryland Telephone and Telegraph Company

Inventory

EXCHANGES TITLE CALL NUMBER HOLDINGS
National National telephone directory.
American telephone and telegraph company
HE8811.A51 1894-1897
Alabama (Montgomery, Opelika, Prattville, Selma, Tuskegee) Georgia (Albany, Americus, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Covington, Greensboro, Griffin, Macon, Madison, Marietta, Newnan, Rome, Thomasville) Atlanta telephone exchange. HE8841 .A8 1895, 1898
Maryland (Annapolis, Baltimore, Cumberland, Frederick, Frostburg, Hagerstown, Lonaconing, Westminster) Washington, D.C., West Virginia (Martinsburg) Official telephone list... HE8841 .B22 1895-97, 1899-1901
Maryland (Baltimore City, Aberdeen, Bel Air, Churchville, Havre De Grace, Highland, Jarrettsville, Perry Hall, Reckford, Delta, Ellicott City, Frederick, Westminster) Delaware (Wilmington) Maryland telephone and telegraph co. of Baltimore City. HE8841 .B23 1900, 1901
Baltimore City Classified Business Telephone Directory of Baltimore City HE8841.B42 1893
Boston Exchange (Arlington, Bedford, Braintree, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dedham, Dorchester, East Boston, Everett, Hingham, Holbrook, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Sharon, Somerville, Stoneham, Stoughton, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, West Roxbury, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn) Official directory long distance telephone ... (New England) or List of subscribers ... and business directory HE8841 .B72 1886-1888 (multiple volumes per year)
Boston Exchange (Arlington, Bedford, Braintree, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dedham, Dorchester, East Boston, Everett, Hingham, Holbrook, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Nantasket, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Reading, Revere, Sharon, Somerville, Stoneham, Stoughton, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, West Roxbury, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn) Suburban division (New England) HE8841 .B74 1889
N. New York (Buffalo, Charlote, Dansville, East Aurora, Geneso, gowanda, Hamburg, Honeoye Falls, Lancaster, Le Roy, Lockport, Median, Middleport, Mount Morris, Niagra Falls, Rochester, Tonawanda, Warsaw, etc.) Official list of subscribers... (Buffalo) HE8841 .B92 1897-1900 (multiple volumes per year)
Chicago (Aurora, Austin, Batavia, Blue Island, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Englewood, Evanston, Geneva, harvey, Joliet, Lake Forest, Morris, Oak Park, Pullman, South chicago, St. Charles, Waukegan) Chicago telephone directory ... HE8841 .C52 1884, 1885, 1894-1899 (multiple volumes per yr)
Chicago Numerical telephone directory of Chicago, Illinois, August 1890. HE8841 .C52 N8 1890
Chicago Auxiliary telephone directory of Chicago ... HE8841 .C52 R6 1896
Ohio (Cincinatti, Hamilton), Indiana (Lawrenceburg, Aurora) List of subscribers, public pay stations, local and long distance connections ... HE8841 .C6 1895-1900 (multiple volumes per yr)
Cleveland Directory of the Cleveland Telephone Company HE8841 .C65 1899
Colorado (Denver, Aguilar, Aspen, Boulder, Canon City, Central City, Colorado Springs and Manitou, Cripple Creek, Florence, Fort Collins, Georgetown, Golden, Greely, Idaho Springs, Lafayette, Leadville, Livermore and Longmont, Pueblo, Trinidad, Walsenburg) Telephone directory (January, 1899) HE8841 .C72 1899
Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Paris, Sherman, Gainesville, Denison) Southwestern telegraph & telephone company's directory, North Texas division ... HE8841 .D14 1891
Denver Telephone business directory of Denver. (Brownell) HE8841.D42 1905, 1906 (multiple volumes per yr)
Denver Brownell index. HE8841 .D43 1910
Michigan (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Darborn, Lenox and Richmond, Marine City, Monroe, Mt. Clemens, Northville, Plymouth, Pontiac, Romeo, Sand hill, St. Clari, Trenton, Utica, Wyandotte) Detroit telephone key and directory of subscribers giving the telephone numbers in numerical order ... HE8841 .D47 1898 (January, May)
Detroit Combined telephone directory HE8841 .D48 1899
Duluth and Superior Exchange directory for Duluth and West Duluth, HE8841 .D85 1895
Grand Rapids Grand Rapids telephone exchange directory ... HE8841 .G7 1897, 1898
Indianapolis Parker's numerical telephone directory of Indianapolis, Ind. HE8841 .I35 1895
Kansas (Atchison, Junction City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Topeka)
Missouri (Kansas City, Maryville, Sedalia, St. Joseph, Warrensburg)
Missouri & Kansas Telephone CompanyList of subscribers in Kansas City exchange. HE8841 .K16 1885, 1886, 1888-1891, 1893, 1994, 1899-1900 (multiple volumes per yr; in 1899 became just Kansas City exchange; prior to that included connected lines)
Kansas City Numerical telephone directory. HE8841 .K18 1891
Kansas (Abilene, Arkansas City, Atchison, Emporia, Fort Scott, Hutchinson, Junction City, Lawrence, Kansas City, Olathe, Ottawa, Salina, Topeka, Wichita, Winfield)
Missouri (Boonville, Carrollton, Carthage, Clinton, Fulton, Independence, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, Marshall, Maryville, Nevada, Odessa, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Warrensburg)
Missouri & Kansas Telephone Company List of subscribers Leavenworth Exchange HE8841 .L43 1898-1900
Ohio (New Albany,) Kentucky (Louisville, Shelbyville), Jeffersonville Ohio Valley Telephone Co HE8841 .L85 1897, 1899
Milwaukee (Exchange: Appleton, Berlin, Cedarburg, Dartfotd and Greenlake, Delvan, DePere, Eagle, Elkhorn, Fond du Lac, Fort Atkinson Green Bay and Ft Howard, Kaukauna, Kenosha, Lake Geneva, Madison, Marinette, Neenah and Menasha, Oconomowoc, Oconto, Oshkosh, Palmyra, Peshtigo, Pewaukee, Port Washington, Racine, Ripon, Sturgeon Bay, Watertown, Waukesha, Waupun, West Bend, Whitewater, Winneconne) General telephone directory of Milwaukee and conected exchanges ... HE8841 .M6 1885-1887
Minneapolis & St. Paul Missippi (Mississippi) Valley HE8841 .M64 1900
Minneapolis, St. Paul List of subscribers Minneapolis, Minn. HE8841 .M65 1899
Montana (Anaconda, bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Deer Lodge, Missoula, Helena, Philipsburg (some number in Utah) Official directory ... Montana system. HE8841 .M75 1896-1900
Tennessee (Nashville, Clarksville, Franklin, Gallatin, Lebanon, Lynville, Murfreesboro, Pulaski, Shelbyville, Springfield, Tullahoma, Watertown) Nashville, Tennessee, directory ... HE8841 .N25 1895
Nebraska (Omaha, Ames, Ashland, Aurora, Beatrice, Blair, Blue Springs, Columbus, Council Bluffs, Crete, Fairbury, Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Norfilk, Plattsmouth, Seward,South Omaha, Wahoo, York, etc.) Telephone Directory for Omaha HE8841 .N36 1888, 1895-1898 (multiple volumes per yr)
Ellwood, New Castle (Pennsylvania) List of citizens telephones connected with the New Castle and Ellwood City exchanges. (PA) HE8841 .N48 1900
New York City Copeland's Classified Telephone & Select Business Directory of New York City HE8841.N53 1889, 1991
New York City (Brooklyn, Astoria, Babylon, Flatbush, Flushing, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Islip, Staten Island, New Rochelle, Nyack, Port Chester, Sing Sing, Tarrytown, Westchester, White Plains, Yonkers, ) New Jersey (Asbury Park, Bayonne, Bloomfield and Montclair, Dover, Elizabeth, Englewood, Hackensack, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Branch, Morristown, Newark, New Brunswick, Orange, Passaic, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Plainfield, Rahway, Seabright,) Telephone directory of the New York telephone company and the New York and New Jersey telephone company. HE8841 .N54 1892, 1895-1898 (multiple volumes per yr)
Philadelphia Business directory of the telephone exchange, Philadelphia. HE8841 .P54 1883
Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Allentown, Belfield, Bellevue, Braddock, Bridgeville, Carnegie, Coraopolis, Crafton, East End, Fisk, Hazlewood, Homestead, Jeannette, McKeesport, Manchester, Manor, Oakmont, Pittsburg, Sewickley, Sharpsburg, South Side, Turtle Creek, West End, Wilkinsburg) R. L. Polk & co.'s numerical and classified telephone directory of Pittsburg, Allegheny and vicinity. HE8841 .P69 1898
Rhode Island (Attleboro, Bristol, E. Greenwich, Narragansett Pier, Newport, N. Attleboro, Olneyville, Pascoag, Pawtucket, Pawtucket Valley, Providence, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, Woonsocket) Providence HE8841 .P92 1899, 1900 (multiple volumes per yr)
Pennsylvania (Altoon, Bellefonte, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Carbondale, Centre Hall, Clearfield, Curwensville, Danville, Eagles Mere, Freeland, Hazleton, Hollidaysburg, houtzdale, Hughesville, Huntingdon, Jersey Shore, Johnsburg, Kingston, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Millheim, Milton, Mt. Carmel, Muncy, Nanticoke, Osceola, Philipsburg, Pittston, Ridgway, Scranton, Shamokin, State College, St. Marys, Sunbury, Tyronne,White Haven, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, etc.) Central Pennsylvania Telephoene Supply Company - General Directory HE8841 .P4 1899
New Castle, Ellewood City, Wampum (Pennsylvania) CC Robinson & Co Compiled Telephone Book HE8841 .P47 1900
Petersburg, Richmond (Virginia) Official directory Richmond telephone exchange ... Petersburg telephone exchange ... HE8841 .R53 1898
Kansas (Arkansas City, Atchison, Emporia, Fort Scott, Hutchinson, Junction City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Kansas City, Olathe, Ottawa, Salina, Topeka, Wichita, Winfield) Missouri (Boonville, Carrollton, Carthage, Clinton, Fulton, Independence, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, Marshall, Maryville, Nevada, Odessa, Pittsburg, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Warrensburg) List of subscribers in St. Joseph exchange. (Missouri and Kansas) HE8841 .S14 1898-1900 (multiple volumes per yr)
St. Joseph (Missouri) St. Joseph business and professional directory and telephone guide classified, alphabetical and numerical. HE8841 .S15 1894
Missouri (St. Charles, St. Louis, Woodland) Illinois (Alton, Belleville, Collinsville, East. St. Louis, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Highland, Lebanon, Marissa, Troy, Waterloo) Telephonic exchange directory ... Missouri. HE8841 .S18 1896-1900 (multiple volumes per yr)
St. Louis, East St. Louis Kinloch Telephone Company Directory HE8841 .S19 1898, 1899
St. Louis, East St. Louis Kinloch Telephone Company Directory HE8841 .S193 1899
St. Louis St. Louis telephone index. Containing the names of persons and places in and near where telephones are in St. Louis HE8841 .S2 1899
St. Louis List of subscribers (St Louis) HE8841 .S25 1897
Utah (Salt Lake, Provo, Park City, Ogden, Logan, Bingham, Eureka, Springville, Lehi) Rocky Mountain Bell HE8841 .S3 1895
San Francisco, Alameda, Oakland San Francisco classified business telephone directory for San Francisco and suburbs. HE8841 .S35 1893
Texas (Alvarado, Aurora, Bells, Blossom Prairie, Bohnam, Brookston, Burlington, Cleburne, Clarksville, Commerce, Dallas, Decatur, Denison, Denton, Eagle Ford, Ennis, Farmersville, Forney, Forth Worth, Gainsville, Grapevine, Graham, Greenville, Hillsboro, Honey Grove, Italy, Jacksboro, Kaufman, Lancaster, Midlothian, Milford, McKinney, Montague, Paris, Red Oak, Savoy, Sherman, South Mayd., St. Joe, Terrell, Van Alstyne, Waketon, Waco, Waxahachie, Weatherford, West, Whitt, Whitesboro) Telephone directory of northern Texas... HE8841 .T35 1885
Kansas (Topeka, Abilene, Arkansas City, Atchison, Emporia, Fort Scott, Hutchinson, Junction City, Lawrence, Kansas City, Leavenworth, Olathe, Ottawa, Salina, Wichita, Winfield) Missouri (Boonville, Carrollton, Carthage, Clinton, Fulton, Independence, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, Marshall, Maryville, Nevada, Odessa, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Warrensburg) List of subscribers in Topeka exchange, Oct. 1898. HE8841 .T6 1898-1900 (multiple volumes per yr)
Bucks County, PA Official alphabetical and numerical list of subscribers of the Home telephone company [in Trenton, N.J.] including a complete list of the Standard telephone co.'s list of subscribers in Bucks county, Pa. ... (November 1, 1899.) HE8841 .T8 1899
Washington, D.C., Maryland (Baltimore, Wallbrook, Lutherville, Mt. Washington, Cumberland, Frostberg, Lonaconing, Frederick Hagerstown, Westminster, Bel Air, Berkeley Springs, Ellicott City, Fork, Glyndon, Hyattsville, Laurel, Rockville, Sandy Spring, Wilna) West Virginia (Martinsburg, Piedmont) Virginia (Falls Church) (this title changed over time, latter issues covered different places- this list is a list of all the places covered even if they don't appear in all issues) Telephone directory of the Chesapeake and Potomac telephone company ... HE8841 .W31 1893, 1895, 1896, 1898-1903, 1905, 1907
Washington, D.C. Washington post...classified business directory, with numerical telephone guide... HE8841.W32 W3 1929/1930

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