Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find Minneapolis city directories?
Our current Minneapolis city directory is the Cole's Cross-Reference Directory, Minneapolis and Suburbs.
Wilson Library has 1995-present at the call number Quarto F614.M5 C65x.
The latest edition is kept in the "Desk Collection" by the Library Information Desk on the 1st floor.
There have been a number of Minneapolis city directories over the years, with variant titles and publishers. The major ones are listed below. Check MNCAT for exact holdings (we have some gaps) and locations (most are in the stacks, but some are in the Annex or elsewhere).
Merwin's Directory of Minneapolis and St. Anthony
1867 / 976.8M66 D29
Minneapolis City Directory for (date)
1873-1894 / F614.M5 A18x
Davison's Minneapolis City Directory for (date)
1896-1925 / F614.M56 A18x
Minneapolis City Directory (Minneapolis, Minn.)
1926-1951 / Folio F614.M5 A18x
Minneapolis (Hennepin County, Minn.) City Directory
1952-1957 / Folio F614.M5 A18x
Polk's Minneapolis (Hennepin County, Minn.) City Directory
1958-1972 / Folio F614.M5 A18x
Minneapolis (Hennepin County, Minn.) Directory
1973-1983 / Folio F614.M5 A18x
Minneapolis Minnesota city directory
1985-1993 / Folio F614.M5 A18x
Cole's Cross-Reference Directory, Minneapolis and Suburbs
1995-present / Quarto F614.M5 C65x (current volume in Desk Collection)
A few other old directories may be findable under the subject heading
Minneapolis (Minn.) -- Directories
We also own the following collection on microfilm (located in the Periodicals Room):
United States city directories. Minneapolis MN
1884-1901, 1904-1941 / Microfilm 2966
Additionally, Minneapolis city directories from 1859-1891 have been digitized by the Hennepin County Library and may be viewed online at: