Buffalo City Directories

1900 Buffalo City directory page courtesy of The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library at NYHeritage

In case it is not clear, the folks at BuffaloResearch do not own any city directories. Instead, we watch for when various providers digitize them. Then we collect the links here. Every directory below is online in full text for free, though FamilySearch will require you to register for a free account.

Directories are shown one year per row. As you’ll see, some years have been digitized by more than one provider. Some years have not been digitized at all. Most directories newer than 1925 are still protected by copyright, which is why they are not online via these providers.

Offline, hard-copy Buffalo directories can still be browsed in the Grosvenor Room of the Buffalo & Erie County Pubic Library and by appointment at the Research Library in The Buffalo History Museum.

Please be aware that the Address Books, Blue Books, and Social Registers are limited to upper-income households. Most notably, they omit the immigrant East Side.

No Buffalo city directories were published in the years 1829-1831, 1833, 1834, 1843, 1845, 1846, 1943-1945, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1973, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1994, and 1995.

We have some directories from Erie County, too.

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1832183218321832
18361836-37
1837
18381838
18391839
184018401840
184118411841
1842184218421842
18441844184418441844
1847-48
1848-491848-491848-491848-49
1849-501849-501849-501849-501849-50
1850-511850-511850-51
1851 Business
1851-521851-521851-521851-52
18521852 | 1852 Business18521852
1853185318531853
18541854 | 1854 Business18541854
1855 | 1855 Business1855 | 1855 Business1855 | 1855 Business1855
18561856
18571857
185818581858
1859185918591859
1860186018601860
1861186118611861
1862186218621862
186318631863
1864186418641864
18651865186518651865
18661866
1867
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1869
187018701870
1871
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187318731873
1874
187518751875
18761876
18771877
18781878
18791879
1880188018801880
18811881
1882
18831883 | 1883 Address book
188418841884 | 1884 Address Book
18851885
1886
1887 | 1887 Address Book
1888 | 1888-89 Address Book
1889
1890 | 1890-91 Address Book
18911891
18921892 | 1892-93 Address Book
189318931893
18941894 | 1894-95 Address Book
1895
1896 | 1896-97 Address Book
18971897
1898
1899
19001900
1901 | 1901 Address Book
1902
1903 Social Register1903 Social Register1903
1904 Social Register1904 Social Register1904 | 1904-05 Address Book
1905 | 1905 Social Register1905
1906 Social Register1906 Social Register1906
1907 Social Register1907 Social Register1907
1908 Social Register1908 Social Register1908
1909 Social Register1909 | 1909 Social Register1909 | 1909-10 Address Book
1910 Social Register1910 Social Register1910
19111911 Social Register1911 Social Register1911 | 1911-12 Address Book
1912 Social Register1912 Social Register1912
1913 Social Register1913 Social Register
1914 A-R1914 Social Register1914 Social Register
1915 Social Register1915 Social Register1915-16 Address Book
1916 Social Register1916 Social Register
1917
1919 Social Register1919 Social Register
1920 Social Register1920 | 1920 Social Register |
1920 Business
1923 Blue Book
1940 Social Register
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Erie County & Beyond

Compared to Buffalo, few directories were published for the suburbs, towns & villages of Erie County. The Polk Company, who is still the nation’s dominant city directory publisher, didn’t offer coverage outside of Buffalo until 1957. A few Erie County directories do exist, though. We’ll add links if we find that they’ve been digitized.

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1880 Business
1884 Great Lakes
1891 Great Lakes
1898-1899 Business
1902-1903 Business
1917
1924
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