The following is a bibliography of directories for St. Louis City and County that are available online. Some of these directories are on free websites; others are available in subscription databases such as Ancestry.com and Fold3.com (many libraries subscribe to Ancestry and Fold3, allowing their patrons to use these databases for free). The manner in which these directories can be searched or browsed varies from site to site.
Please note: In many cases these digitized city directories were rendered searchable by optical character recognition (OCR) software, which translates scanned printed text into machine-readable (i.e., searchable) text. Oftentimes, the OCR software misinterprets the typeset letters.
1821-1877: The Washington University website includes digitized St. Louis city directories for many, but not all, years in this date range.
1860 and 1890: The Washington University Unreal City website includes digitized St. Louis city directories for the years 1860 and 1890.
1863-1923: St. Louis city directories for the years 1863-1923 (excepting 1873) have been digitized and rendered keyword searchable on the subscription database Fold3.com. Read more about searching St. Louis city directories on Fold3.com.
1863-1960: The "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)" database on Ancestry.com includes many, but not all, St. Louis city directories for the date range 1863-1960. The directories in this database for the years 1920-1960 are incomplete (i.e., only a portion of the pages have been digitized). In addition to city directories, this database includes many Red Books (i.e., business directories) and Red-Blue Books.
1881: The Missouri State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1881 is on Ancestry.com.
1889 and 1890: The St. Louis city directories for 1889 and 1890 are on Ancestry.com.
1907: The Webster Groves city directory for 1907 has been indexed in the Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index.
1910: The Kirkwood city directory for 1910 has been indexed in the Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index.
1914: The St. Louis Red Book (i.e., business directory) for 1914 is on Ancestry.com.
1914: A St. Louis Social Register for 1914 is on Ancestry.com.
1920: A St. Louis Social Register for 1920 is on Google Books.
1922: A St. Louis Social Register for 1922 is on Google Books.