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How do you find a directory of street addresses?

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The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., maintains an inventory of published street addresses for a series of U.S. cities from Agoura, California, to Youngstown, Massachusetts. Library patrons may request these directories from the Book Service Desk at the Science and Business Reading Room of the Library of Congress.

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This collection was originally compiled in 2002 and updated in 2008. While most of the directories for the cities represented were published between the 1950s and 2000, a number of directories date back to the early 1900s and before. The oldest directory on file is one for Brooklyn, New York, from 1871.

For a more localized search for street addresses, consult the municipal or county government records office. Some cities, such as Chicago, make these data sets available online.

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