St. Paul Minnesota Directories 1856-1922 and 1981

This collection comprises a total of 64 directories which cover the years of 1856-1922 (incomplete) and 1981. They were placed online by the St. Paul Public Library and are completely free for viewing and printing. You will need a clipping tool in order to save images of these pages.

From 1856-1925, directories generally included:

  • City and County officials.
  • Schools, churches, hotels, fraternal organizations and societies.
  • Advertisements, including an index to advertisers.
  • An alphabetical list of residents and businesses with street name (no house numbers), and occupation of residents or type of business.

St. Paul Minnesota Directories 1856-1922

1929 – a dotted circle symbol was introduced to indicate homeowner. Wives’ names were added after the husband’s name. The street index was printed on pink paper. A separate index to South St. Paul streets (also pink) was added, although South St. Paul residents were included in the white pages of the St. Paul general listings

1933 – all adults in the household were listed.

1940 – a bell symbol was added to indicate a telephone, although no phone number was given.

1948 – the South St. Paul Street Directory was dropped.

1950 – alphabetical listings included suburbanites who worked in St. Paul.

1956 – the first South Suburban and North Suburban directories were published.

1961 – telephone numbers were added to the street index.

1964 – a separate telephone number section was added.


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