Historic City Directories

City Directories can be excellent sources of information about Akron and surrounding areas. These directories list the people living in the Akron area as well as local businesses. In many cases, the entry for a person provides spouse and employment information. Entries for businesses frequently provide the names of the corporate officers. Many city directories also contain a section listing the residents by address instead of name. This information is very useful when researching the history of your house. The directories were usually published annually.

Each directory has been scanned and the digital images subjected to an optical character recognition (OCR) process to make each searchable. Because the directories in some cases are very old, the text has faded, and while it is still readable to the human eye, the OCR process might not be as effective. In order to find the entry you are interested in, you may have to browse the volume.

The directories listed below are in Adobe’s Portable Document Format. A free PDF reader is available from Adobe. The file size of each directory is listed and large files may take several minutes to load even with a fast connection. If you have trouble opening the files, you may want to download them. You can right-click on the link and select "Save link as..." to download.

More current directories as well as the Haines Akron City and Suburban Criss-Cross Directories from 1943 to the present and Akron area telephone directories from 1914 to the present (early years are incomplete) are also available in Special Collections.

DirectoryPDFSize
City Directory 1859 pdfsymbol (17 Mb)
City Directory 1868 pdfsymbol (13 Mb)
City Directory 1871 pdfsymbol (6 Mb)
City Directory 1873-1874 pdfsymbol (5 Mb)
City Directory 1875 pdfsymbol (8 Mb)
City Directory 1877-1878 pdfsymbol (10 Mb)
City Directory 1879 -1880 pdfsymbol (18 Mb)
City Directory 1881-1882 pdfsymbol (17 Mb)
City Directory 1882-1883 pdfsymbol (15 Mb)
City Directory 1883-1884 pdfsymbol (22 Mb)
City Directory 1885 pdfsymbol (20 Mb)
City Directory 1885-1886 pdfsymbol (22 Mb)
City Directory 1886-1887 pdfsymbol (28 Mb)
City Directory 1887-1888 pdfsymbol (20 Mb)
City Directory 1888-1889 pdfsymbol 25 Mb)
City Directory 1890-1891 pdfsymbol (22 Mb)
City Directory 1891-1892 pdfsymbol (20 Mb)
City Directory 1892-1893 pdfsymbol (22 Mb)
City Directory 1893-1894 pdfsymbol (22 Mb)
City Directory 1894 pdfsymbol (22 Mb)
City Directory 1895 pdfsymbol (23 Mb)
City Directory 1896 pdfsymbol (24 Mb)
City Directory 1897 pdfsymbol (24 Mb)
City Directory 1898 pdfsymbol (23 Mb)
City Directory 1899 pdfsymbol (25 Mb)
City Directory 1900 pdfsymbol (27 Mb)
City Directory 1901 pdfsymbol (30 Mb)
City Directory 1902 pdfsymbol 34 Mb)
City Directory 1903 pdfsymbol (39 Mb)
City Directory 1904 pdfsymbol (35 Mb)
City Directory 1905 pdfsymbol (37 Mb)
City Directory 1906 pdfsymbol (40 Mb)
City Directory 1907 pdfsymbol (53 Mb)
City Directory 1908 pdfsymbol (90 Mb)
City Directory 1909 pdfsymbol (48 Mb)
City Directory 1910 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (82 Mb)
City Directory 1910 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (34 Mb)
City Directory 1911 pdfsymbol (61 Mb)
City Directory 1912 pdfsymbol 56 Mb)
City Directory 1913 pdfsymbol (64 Mb)
City Directory 1914 pdfsymbol (70 Mb)
City Directory 1915 pdfsymbol (67 Mb)
City Directory 1916 vol. 1 pdfsymbol 40 Mb)
City Directory 1916 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (44 Mb)
City Directory 1917 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (48 Mb)
City Directory 1917 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (56 Mb)
City Directory 1918 pdfsymbol (79 Mb)
DirectoryPDFSize
City Directory 1919 pdfsymbol (81 Mb)
City Directory 1920 pdfsymbol (75 Mb)
City Directory 1922 pdfsymbol (71 Mb)
City Directory 1924 pdfsymbol (86 Mb)
City Directory 1925 pdfsymbol (83 Mb)
City Directory 1926-1927 pdfsymbol 91 Mb)
City Directory 1928 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (60 Mb)
City Directory 1928 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (39 Mb)
City Directory 1930 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (67 Mb)
City Directory 1930 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (40 Mb)
City Directory 1931 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (53 Mb)
City Directory 1931 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (59 Mb)
City Directory 1933 pdfsymbol (96 Mb)
City Directory 1934-1935 pdfsymbol (95 Mb)
City Directory 1937 pdfsymbol (95 Mb)
City Directory 1938-1939 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (77 Mb)
City Directory 1938-1939 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (25 Mb)
City Directory 1939-1940 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (70 Mb)
City Directory 1939-1940 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (31 Mb)
City Directory 1941 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (75 Mb)
City Directory 1941 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (33 Mb)
City Directory 1943 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (84 Mb)
City Directory 1943 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (39 Mb)
City Directory 1946 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (65 Mb)
City Directory 1946 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (68 Mb)
City Directory 1948-1949 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (66 Mb)
City Directory 1948-1949 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (68 Mb)
City Directory 1950-1951 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (65 Mb)
City Directory 1950-1951 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (80 Mb)
City Directory 1952-1953 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (55 Mb)
City Directory 1952-1953 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (61 Mb)
City Directory 1954-1955 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (66 Mb)
City Directory 1954-1955 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (79 Mb)
City Directory 1956-1957 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (59 Mb)
City Directory 1956-1957 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (68 Mb)
City Directory 1958-1959 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (64 Mb)
City Directory 1958-1959 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (77 Mb)
City Directory 1960-1961 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (64 Mb)
City Directory 1960-1961 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (75 Mb)
City Directory 1962-1963 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (63 Mb)
City Directory 1962-1963 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (66 Mb)
City Directory 1964-1965 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (63 Mb)
City Directory 1964-1965 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (64 Mb)
City Directory 1966-1967 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (58 Mb)
City Directory 1966-1967 vol. 2 pdfsymbol 61 Mb)
City Directory 1968-1969 vol. 1 pdfsymbol (62 Mb)
City Directory 1968-1969 vol. 2 pdfsymbol (79 Mb)