Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans City Directories in the Louisiana Division

City directories have been published for New Orleans in several different formats and by several different publishers since before Louisiana statehood in 1812. This quick list of directories available in the Louisiana Division is offered as an alternative to the complicated search that would be required to identify all city directory entries in the Library's automated catalog. It does not provide full bibliographic description, only the dates available along with some practical notes.

  • The first three volumes are not city directories in the true sense but they do provide names and addresses of at least some residents of the Crescent City for the years indicated. Library staff will, on receipt of the appropriate fees, search the available book versions for 1805 & 1807. We do not search the 1809 volume.
    • 1805
    • 1807
    • 1809
  • The first "real" city directory for New Orleans was published in 1811. Publication of succeeding volumes was irregular for several years, as indicated by the listing that follows. These directories are available on microfiche unless indicated otherwise.
    • 1811
    • 1822-1824
    • 1827 (16mm roll film)
    • 1830 (35mm roll film)
    • 1832
    • 1834
    • 1835 (16mm roll film)
    • 1837 (16mm foll film)
    • 1838
    • 1841-1843
    • 1844 (16mm roll film)
    • 1846
    • 1849-1859
    • 1860 (16mm roll film) NOTE: This is a not very good microfilm. We suggest that researchers consider requesting copies from the 1861 directory as an alternative.
    • 1861 (35mm roll film)
  • No city directories were published during the Civil War years (1862-1865). Publication resumed following the war and continued as follows.
    • 1866-1933
    • 1935
    • 1938 NOTE: The first directory to include cross-reference listings by street address.
    • 1940
    • 1942
    • 1945-1946 (a single volume)
    • 1947
    • 1949
    • 1952-1953 (a single volume)
    • 1954-1955 (a single volume)
    • 1956-1958
    • 1960-1962
    • 1964-1969
    • 1971-1983
    • 1985-1986
    • 1988
    • 1990-1991
    • 1993
    • 1994
    • 1996-1997
    • 1999
    • 2000
    • 2001
    • 2002
    • 2003
    • 2004
    • 2005
    • 2007
    • 2009
In 1955, R.L. Polk began publishing a separate New Orleans Suburban directory. The division has copies of all that have been published. In 1966, Haines & Company began publishing their CrissCross directory. The division has copies of all that have been published.


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updated 2/23/2010