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Lowell City Directories

City Directories

City directories provide lists of residents, streets, businesses, organizations, and institutions giving their location within a city while documenting its operations for a given year. As time passes, and their immediate practical use lessens, directories become a resource for historical research and genealogical information. In addition to listing people and organizations, directories may also include historical narratives, maps, advertisements, and vintage images. Consulted chronologically, directories track families and organizations, as well as cultural trends and economic developments.

Lowell City Directories 1832-1985

The chief repositories for Lowell directories are the Center for Lowell History (CLH) and the Pollard Memorial Library (PML) but they can be found in other libraries and archives. Most Lowell City Directories are available in print form but some only as microfiche or microfilm. A portion have been digitized and links to those are embedded in the list below.

This roster of Lowell directories is not comprehensive but will be updated to include additional information and resources. When available, the guide includes links to fully digitized versions of the directories. The years and sequences of years in which no directories were published are noted. 

  • 1826: The Lowell Directory: (Microfiche only PML)
  • 1832: The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)
  • 1833The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)
  • 1834The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)

  • 1935: The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche only PML)

  • 1836Supplement to the Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)

  • 1837: The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)

  • 1838The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)

  • 1839The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)

  • 1840The Lowell Directory by Benjamin Floyd (Microfiche PML)

  • 1841The Lowell Directory and Register by William H. Prescott ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1842: (title page only) The Lowell Directory and Almanac ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1843: No directory published  

  • 1844: (title page only) Turner’s Lowell Directory and Annual Register ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1845: (title page only) Turner’s Lowell Directory and Annual Register ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1846: No directory published 

  • 1847The Lowell Directory and almanac. ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1848: No directory published 

  • 1849: (title page only) The Lowell Directory and Business Key by Oliver March ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1850: No directory published 

  • 1851: (title page only) The Lowell Directory by George Adams ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1852: No directory published 

  • 1853The Lowell Directory by George Adams ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1854: No directory published 

  • 1855: The Lowell Directory by George Adams ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1856–1857: No directories published  

  • 1858The Lowell Directory by Adams, Sampson & Co. ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1859The Lowell Directory by H.A. Cooke, and S.A. McPheters ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1860: (title page only) Lowell Register and Business Directory by C. A. Dockham and Co. ​​​​​​​(Microfiche PML)

  • 1861The Lowell Directory by Adams, Sampson, & Co.

  • 1862-1863: No directories published due to the Civil War 

  • 1864-1865The Lowell Directory by Samuel A. McPheters

  • 1866The Lowell Directory by Sampson, Davenport, & Co.

  • 1867: No directory published

  • 1868The Lowell Directory by Sampson, Davenport, & Co.

  • 1869: No directory published

  • 1870The Lowell Directory by Sampson, Davenport, & Co.

  • 1871: No directory published  

  • 1872: The Lowell Directory 

  • 1873 No Directory published

  • 1874: The Lowell Directory 

  • 1875-1876: The Lowell Directory by Sampson, Davenport, & Co.

  • 1877: No directory published 

  • 1878: The Lowell Directory, microfiche PML only.

  • 1879: No directory published

  • 1880: The Lowell Directory

  • 1881: The Lowell Directory

  • 1882: No directory published

  • 1883: The Lowell Directory

  • 1884: The Lowell Directory

  • 1885: The Lowell Directory

  • 1886The Lowell Directory by Sampson, Murdock, & Co.

  • 1887 The Lowell Directory

  • 1888 The Lowell Directory

  • 1889 The Lowell Directory

  • 1890 The Lowell Directory

  • 1891 The Lowell Directory

  • 1892 The Lowell Directory

  • 1893 The Lowell Directory

  • 1894:The Lowell Directory by Sampson, Murdock & Co.

  • 1895 The Lowell Directory

  • 1896-1897The Lowell Suburban Directory— For Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury,  Tyngsborough and Westford by Henry M. Meek

  • 1898 The Lowell Directory

  • 1899

  • 1900The Lowell Directory by Sampson, Murdock, & Co.

  • 1901

  • 1902

  • 1903

  • 1904

  • 1905

  • 1906The Lowell Directory by Sampson & Murdock Co.

  • 1907

  • 1908

  • 1909

  • 1910

  • 1911

  • 1912

  • 1913

  • 1914

  • 1915

  • 1916The Lowell Directory by Sampson & Murdock Co.

  • 1917-1918The Lowell Suburban directory for Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford and Buyer’s Guide No. 8. Henry M. Meek 

  • 1919

  • 1920

  • 1921

  • 1922

  • 1923

  • 1924

  • 1925The Lowell Suburban Directory for Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford and Buyer’s Guide Vol. 12 by Henry M. Meek 

  • 1926: The Lowell Directory for the year ending January 1927. by Sampson & Murdock

  • 1927

  • 1928

  • 1929

  • 1930

  • 1931: The Lowell Directory for the year ending January 1932 by Sampson & Murdock Company 

  • 1932

  • 1933

  • 1934

  • 1935

  • 1936: Lowell Directory Centennial Edition. For the year ending February 1937 Sampson & Murdock Company

  • 1937

  • 1938

  • 1939

  • 1940

  • 1941

  • 1942

  • 1943

  • 1944

  • 1945

  • 1946Polk’s Lowell (Middlesex County, Mass) City Directory Vol. by R.L. Polk & Co.

  • 1947

  • 1948

  • 1949

  • 1950: Polk’s Lowell (Middlesex County, Mass) City Directory by R.L. Polk & Co.

  • 1950

  • 1951

  • 1952

  • 1953

  • 1954

  • 1955

  • 1956Polk’s Lowell (Middlesex County, Mass) City Directory by R.L. Polk & Co.

  • 1957

  • 1958

  • 1959

  • 1960

  • 1961

  • 1962

  • 1963

  • 1964

  • 1965

  • 1966Polk’s Lowell (Middlesex County, Mass) City Directory. by R.L. Polk & Co. Publishers 

  • 1967

  • 1968

  • 1969

  • 1970

  • 1971

  • 1972

  • 1973

  • 1974

  • 1975Lowell (Middlesex County, Mass) City Directory by R.L. Polk & Co.

  • 1976

  • 1977

  • 1978:  No directories published  

  • 1979​​​​​​​

  • 1980

  • 1981

  • 1983-1984: No directories published 

  • 1985Lowell Massachusetts City Directory by R.L. Polk & Co. 

  • 1986

  • 1987

  • 1988-1989: No directories published 

  • 1990

  • 1991-1992:  No directories published  

  • 1993

  • 1994-1996: No directories published