User login

Become a memberDiscover your HistorySearch Collections
St. Louis City and County Directories

The Missouri History Museum Library holds St. Louis City directories from 1821 to 1980 and St. Louis County directories from 1893 to 1979. These directories are similar in format to telephone directories. You can look up a resident's name alphabetically, and the entries usually provide the individual's occupation and address.

Of particular interest to house history researchers are the "reverse directories" that allow you to look up your street name alphabetically, then your street number numerically, and the entry provides the name of the individual or business that occupied that address.

Selected St. Louis City and County directories are accessible online.

Reverse Directories for St. Louis City

1963-2009: Haines Criss+Cross Directories include a reverse directory covering St. Louis City and County. These directories are available in the Missouri History Museum Library Reading Room.

1930-1980: Beginning in the year 1930, the St. Louis city directories include a reverse directory at the back of the volume. These city directories are available in the Missouri History Museum Library Reading Room.

1918-1929: The Red-Blue Books include a reverse directory for the years 1918-1929. These directories are available in the Missouri History Museum Library Reading Room.

1883-1916: The Blue Books include a reverse directory for the years 1883-1916. Please note that the Blue Books only list "elite" residential addresses. These directories are available in the Missouri History Museum Library closed stacks.

1887-1916: The Red Books include a reverse directory that lists commercial (not residential) addresses for the years 1887-1916. These directories are available in the Missouri History Museum Library closed stacks.

1863-1923: The St. Louis city directories for the years 1863-1923 have been digitized and rendered keyword searchable on the subscription database Fold3.com. Read more about searching city directories on Fold3.com.

Reverse Directories for St. Louis County

1963-2009: Haines Criss+Cross Directories include a reverse directory covering St. Louis City and County. These directories are available in the Missouri History Museum Library Reading Room.

1922-1979: Beginning in the year 1922, the St. Louis County directories include a reverse directory at the back of the volume. These directories are available in the Missouri History Museum Library Reading Room.

Bookmark and Share