The Rochester City Directory collection is housed in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. The collection consists of the original bound volumes beginning with the year 1827. The library also owns the fifteen-volume set of the Rochester House Directory, a supplement to the city directories. Many of the City Directory and House Directory volumes are extremely fragile, resulting in limited availability to the public.
The house directories cover the years from 1892 to 1920 and list the occupants of city houses according to street address. These can be found by clicking on the supplement link which is listed along with the relevant year. this site. Also, beginning with 1922, the information given in the house directories was included at the back of the main city directories.
We are pleased to announce that a generous grant from the Gleason Foundation has made many of these volumes available to the public through a special digitizing project. These directories are available by year, and can be downloaded for viewing and printing as PDF documents.
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Also available – Rochester Suburban Directories, including Brighton, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Irondequoit, Pittsford, and Webster, for the years 1930 through 1940.