Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Online Washington DC history resources – City directories online

A list Link here


  • 1846 – Washington directory an national register — another copy 1846 Hathi
  • 1850 – The Washington directory, and Congressional and executive register, for 1850


  • 1860  Internet Archive
  • 1862  Internet Archive
  • 1864 Internet Archive

Microfilm of Washington DC city directories can be found at the Library of Congress:

U.S. City Directories on Microfilm in the Microform Reading Room

(Note: before 1861 they are on microfiche (poorly filmed): A separate microfiche collection of pre-1861 U.S. directories is also available on a self-service basis in the Microform Reading Room.)

District of Columbia

City Years available
Washington, DC 1862-1941, 1948, 1954, 1956, 1960
Washington, DC Suburban 1912-1931


1901 Union League Directory

See: Books digitized by the Internet Archive for the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne Indiana.


Eminent and representative men of Virginia and the District of Columbia in the nineteenth century. With a concise historical sketch of Virginia

Ancestry (paywalled) https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469

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This entry was posted on September 11, 2017 by in City directories, historical research, Online resources, Research tools.
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