In the next few decades English and German steamship companies, often with the assistance of government money back home, came to dominate Trans-Atlantic steamship travel. Whitmore , Royal Phelps , and John A. Dix made fortunes opening up trade routes to California, via the treacherous Cape of Good Hope, or across Panama and Nicaragua.
This information is useful to anyone researching real estate and house histories, and, from on, searching the U. Federal Census for Manhattan by address.
The Street Directory helps researchers locate historical buildings, and addresses. Street names and numbers have a habit of changing over time. If you find a record that says your ancestor lived at 35 East 14th Street in , it does not necessarily go that they lived at the site of the current 35 East 14th Street. Historical street directories help us pinpoint a place in time, especially useful when there is no property map to go by.
Phineas Taylor "P. Barnum stocked his American Museum [ No-one said the past was pretty. So there you have it. An exciting new collection, and a free digital gateway into researching New York City history, and genealogy.
I hope that this post has described to you why this digitization project is great news, and how the directories connect to a wealth of other materials in the Library's collections: maps, photographs, newspapers, books, microfilm, and more besides. As we move forward, as the directories are turned into datasets, researchers will be able to build new tools with the free data that the Library makies available.
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New York City Directories waiting to be digitized. Clarissa Abott, James Harper. John Harper. Joseph Wesley Harper. Fletcher Harper. Barnum and Commodore Nut. View all posts by Philip Sutton. Comments Patron-generated content represents the views and interpretations of the patron, not necessarily those of The New York Public Library. I am thrilled that you are Submitted by Walta Crosby not verified on October 6, - pm.
I am thrilled that you are doing this for us who are searching for more information on our relatives. My family came to this country in the 's and all stayed in New York City. This will help me immensely. Phil, thanks for your post.
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I'm having great success with some of my subject families in the s. Found jobs, got married and had children. I hope we will be able to just search by last name. If you have to go page by page this is to time consuming.. Can you tell us when the service of looking them up by name will be available. Once again I hope you will reply. Thanks for starting to make the city directories available - this is a great service for everyone to use..
Great work! I'm tinkering on Submitted by Chris C not verified on October 12, - pm. I'm tinkering on Louisville's city directories from to try and extract the same types of data sets. Right now I'm working page analysis, segmentation and classification based on opencv. Do you all share any code for analyzing the NYC directories?
I'd love to be able to browse and contribute. Cheers -- Josh. Copyright Submitted by Mike not verified on October 25, - pm. This is great. Are there any copyright issues that you had to deal with? Is there a certain cutoff date that you had to stop at due to copyright? Copyright Submitted by Josh Hadro on October 26, - am.
Mike -- our copyright analysts could give you the formal response, but the gist is that we scanned for this project only the materials published in the US prior to , which puts those materials in the clear in terms of copyright. As one who has spent his last 8 years scanning hundreds of thousands of pages of historical political socialist and communist newspapers, journals, and pamphlets from the period of - roughly and making them freely publicly available, I APPLAUD the outstanding work of the NY Public Library in making a freely-available digital record of this material.
Preserving it and freeing it from limited access at the same time. THIS is truly what all great libraries should be doing.
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NOT locking up such material behind pay-walls, or presenting deliberately crippled digital images of low resolution or presentation that thwarts downloading, as is commonly done these days by many academic institutions. Marty Goodman, and thank you for what you're doing I am delighted to learn that digitized copies of the NYC Directories will be available on line. I spent over a year at NYPL and New-York Historical Society going through the directories page by page looking instrument makers and their shops just before personal computers became available.
Many note cards were involved. Being able to access this information on line will be a major boon for future researchers. Thank you! Phil, Submitted by Jack Sherefkin not verified on November 3, - am. Phil, Many people would search in our catalog, not our digital portal, for the city directories. Hope you can make a link in our catalog for them. Jack Sherefkin. We cannot wait to access the directories to find more information on our great grandparents' and grandfather's life in Manhattan and Brooklyn from to Just visited New York CL from the UK to complete research and cannot thank the library staff, in particular in the Mapping Room for all their help and guidance.