The Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at Central Library maintains a representative historical collection of print telephone directories for over 200 Wisconsin communities
The Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at Central Library maintains a representative historical collection of print telephone directories for over 200 Wisconsin communities located outside Milwaukee County. Available years vary for each community. The earliest telephone directory in this collection dates from 1931 and the most recent is from 2014.
See the Wisconsin Telephone Book Master Shelf List (excluding Milwaukee County), linked above, for details about which years are available for each community. See below for a note on Milwaukee County telephone directories.
Items from these collections may be consulted in the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room during its regular operating hours. For questions, contact Humanities Room reference librarians at 414-286-3061.
Our reference librarians can also help identify the availability of additional directory resources in MPL's collections that cover specific Wisconsin communities, such as city directories or business directories.
Note: Milwaukee County communities are not included in the shelf list described above. City of Milwaukee telephone directories (1881-present) are cataloged, and the available formats and years are listed in the CountyCat catalog record: 910.1 M6624. For assistance identifying telephone directory and other resources for suburban Milwaukee County municipalities, please see a Humanities Room reference librarian.