History’s Mysteries: City Directories

Ever wonder who lived in your house before you? Or maybe you heard a rumor that a famous person lived at such and such address. Or you want to know the name of the establishment where your parents met, the one that once was next to your favorite bookstore. City and phone directories to the rescue!  The Northwest Room has Tacoma city directories dating back to the late 1880s, and Tacoma phone directories beginning in 1919. There is also an extensive collection of Pierce County, Olympia and Seattle city directories, and phone directories across Washington State. Northwest Room staff can assist you in finding that missing piece of your family’s puzzle.

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