European Address/Telephone Directories
at the Library of Congress:
Indexes and Digitized Versions
The Library of Congress began systematically collecting residential and organizational telephone directories from many countries in 1937, but the records for these items are generally not included in the Library's online catalog. To fill that gap, the indexes below list the Library's holdings of European directories, organized by country. Pre-1937 address (non-telephone) directories and business directories may be found in the online catalog, but only a few of them are included in the indexes below. The older directories are of great value to historians, biographers and genealogists, for they indicate where an individual lived and what years he or she resided there. Some directories provide additional information, such as profession or trade.
A comprehensive microfilm collection of telephone directories from France, including overseas departments, published by the French national library and the French post and telecommunications office, may be found under the title Annuaires téléphoniques, 1883-1959, [microfilm] reproduits sur microfilm avec le concours du Ministère des Poste et Télécommunications. Sable-sur-Sarthe : Bibliothèque Nationale, 1988. Collection is available in the Microform Reading Room under the call number Microfilm 2000/54. A guide to that collection is available in the Main Reading Room: Microform Guide 530.
Other microfilmed directories include those for Kraków, Poland (1930) (Microfilm 95/2972) and for the former Yugoslavia (1970-1990) (Microfilm (o) 99/6071).
The Library has also digitized a few directories from Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.