|About the Directories
City directories contain alphabetical lists of business firms, corporations
and private citizens, as well as numerical street guides, and often miscellaneous
directories of city, county, state and United States officers, churches,
clubs, colleges and schools, labor organizations, secret and benevolent societies,
etc. They are invaluable tools for local and family historians. The first
local directories were published in 1881.
Both the Chico
Branch of the Butte County Library and Meriam Library, Special Collections
had partial sets of the directories. In 2004, the respective Friends organizations
donated funds to scan the directories to preserve the oldest years and
to provide a more complete set in both locations. In addition to the online
digital files (prior to 1923), both libraries have compact discs of more
recent years (see How to Find Holdings). The Digital
Millennium Copyright Act restricts electronic distribution without the
express consent of the copyright owner, so only the volumes before 1923
are available via the Internet.
Thanks to Nancy Leek (Chico Library) and Pam Bush (Meriam Library) for
coordinating this project. Thanks to the Special Collections Department for
coordinating the project and supervising the scanning. Thanks also to Deborah
Besnard for the restoration and rebinding of many of the original volumes
that were literally falling apart.