Harrisburg City Directories

The HSDC library has the following Harrisburg City Directories available: 1839, 1842, 1843, 1852, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1863-64, 1866-67, 1869, 1871 thru 1947, 1949 thru 1956, 1958 thru 1976, 1979 thru 1982, and 1986 thru 1999.

City Directory Example 1839 Lawyers
Lawyers listed in the 1839 Harrisburg Directory

City Directories are helpful when researching questions such as where someone lived or where a business was located. They are an alphabetical listing of residents and businesses of the city showing name, address, and usually occupation. Some directories include a second listing organized by street number, which is useful if you want to find out who occupied a particular address if you do not know the name of the person or business. Additional lists of societies, businesses and organizations are often in the beginning of the directory. Certain volumes also include directories of nearby towns outside of Harrisburg such as Steelton and Middletown.

You can view advertisements from select 19th century directories. These ads were scanned as part of the Rawn Journal Project (1830-1865).

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