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The Lowell Directory

Hard copies of the Lowell Directories from 1832 to 1990 are available at the Center for Lowell History. 

Directories include: a Resident Directory arranged by name, listing work address, occupation, and home address; a Business Directory arranged by product; and Advertisements.

In 1836, a Female Supplement City Directory was published. 

After 1881, dates of death are noted. 

Beginning in 1883, most directories contain a ward and street map. 

Beginning in 1917, wives' names are listed and there is a section arranged by street address. 

All of the Directories from 1832 to 1861 have been digitized and are available online.

Some of the Directories published between 1864 and 1985 are available online. Links to all of the online Directories are listed below.

 

Town/City Directories 1832 to 1861

City Directories 1864 onward

Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations. They have not only commercial and manufacturing companies, in which all take part, but associations of a thousand other kinds, religious, moral, serious, futile, general or restricted, enormous or diminutive. The Americans make associations to give entertainments, to found seminaries, to build inns, to construct churches, to diffuse books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they found hospitals, prisons, and schools. If it is proposed to inculcate some truth or to foster some feeling by the encouragement of a great example, they form a society. 
Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831
 
Benjamin Floyd, 1832
 
 

City Directories 1864 onward

1864-65 (including Lowell Military Record for The Civil War)

1866

1868

1870

1874

1875-76

1886

1894

1900

1906

1916

1927

1931

1932

1936

1946

1950

1956

1966

1975

1985