Guide: Bloomington City Directories

Image from Polk's City Directory, 1967, of an ad for Nick's English Hut, a restaurant that still operates in Bloomington today.

City directories list the names, occupations, and addresses of people or businesses for a given place. They often also include facts and figures about a city, such as population, major industries, or notable local features.

These directories can be useful for history, genealogy, sociology, urban development, or anyone interested in details of the past. Often published yearly or biyearly, city directories can show their readers the changes that occurred in a location throughout time.

This finding aid lists city directories by year, grouped into categories of like items. Items that span years are listed before single-year items. Click through to the IUCAT record for the most current information about an item's physical location.

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Directories by Year

Year(s) Title Call Number linked to IUCAT
1907/1908 The Inter-state Directory Company's directory of Bloomington city and Monroe County gazetteer. F534 .B6
1911/1912 Bloomington city directory and Monroe County gazetteer. F534 .B6
1913/1915 Caron's directory of the city of Bloomington, Ind. F534 .B6
1916/1918 Caron's directory of the city of Bloomington, Indiana and taxpayers of Monroe County. F534 .B6
1925/1926 Heber Page Directory Co.'s Bloomington, Indiana city directory. F534 .B6
1927/1928 Winthrop Williams’ Bloomington, Indiana city directory. F534 .B6
1929/1930-1938/1939 Caron's Bloomington Indiana city directory. F534 .B6
1940 Bloomington Indiana city directory. F534 .B6
1945/1946, 1948, 1950, 1952/1953, 1955, 1957-1958, 1960, 1962-1967, 1969, 1971-1974 Polk's Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind., city directory. F534 .B6
1975-1984 Bloomington, Monroe County, Ind., city directory. F534 .B6
1985, 1987-1993, 1995-1996 Bloomington, Indiana, city directory. F534 .B6 Wells Library copies
1991-1993; 1996-2014 Bloomington, Indiana, city directory. F534 .B6 Law Library copies
1997 Polk city directory. Bloomington, Indiana. F534 .B6
1998, 2000-2001, 2003-2004, 2006, 2008-2012, 2014 Polk city directory. Bloomington, Monroe County, IN. F534 .B6
1991-1993; 1996-2014 Bloomington, Indiana, city directory. F534 .B6 Law Library copies

Specialized Directories by Year

Telephone Directories

Year(s) Title Call Number linked to IUCAT
1928 Bell telephone directory for Bloomington, Ind., Belmont, Clear Creek, Dolan, Ellettsville, Farmers, Kirby, Kirksville, Stanford, White Hall. HE8841 .B62
1929 Telephone directory, Bloomington, Ind. and Belmont, Clear Creek, Ellettsville, Farmers, Kirby, Stanford, White Hall. HE8841 .B62
1930 Telephone directory, Bloomington, Ind. and suburban exchanges. HE8841 .B62
1931, 1935 Telephone directory, Bloomington, Ind. HE8841 .B62
1939-1941, 1943-1954 Bloomington telephone directory. HE8841 .B62
1955-1959 Bloomington, Ellettsville, Smithville, Stanford telephone directory. HE8841 .B62
1960 Bloomington, Ellettsville, Smithville, Stanford. HE8841 .B62
1964 Telephone directory, Bloomington, Bloomfield, Ellettsville, Gosport, Owensburg, Smithville, Spencer, Stanford. HE9841 .B62 1964
1965 Telephone directory, Bloomington, Bloomfield, Ellettsville, Gosport, Nashville, Owensburg, Smithville, Spencer, Stanford. HE8841 .B6
1972-1975 Bloomington. HE8841 .B62
1982-1984 Bloomington and nearby communities. HE8841 .B62
1985 Bloomington, Spencer, and nearby communities. HE8841 .B62
1986/1987-1997/1998 Bloomington white/yellow pages. HE8841 .B62
1999, 2001-2002 Bloomington/Spencer white & yellow pages. HE8841 .B62
2012/2013 Hill-Donnelly cross reference directory. Bloomington, Indiana and vicinity. HE8841.B642 H5
Year(s) Title Call Number linked to IUCAT
1980 Manufacturers and industrial services. HC108.B566 M36 1980
1982 Membership and business directory / Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. HF296.B6 G7
1986/1987 Membership and business directory / Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. HF296.B6 G7
1989/1990, 1992/1993 The business network / The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. HF296.B6 G7
1998 Downtown Bloomington : shops & restaurants. F534.B6 D69 1988
2000/2001, 2004/2005 Member directory / The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. HF296.B6 G7
2008 Guide to the 2008 downtown gallery walk, Bloomington, Indiana. F534.B6 G87 2008

Monroe County Governmental Officials List

Year(s) Title Call Number linked to IUCAT
1963, 1965-1966, 1968, 1970-1976 Elected and appointed city, county, and township officials and commissions as of ... / compiled by the Bloomington League of Women Voters. JS451.I69 M63
1974 Governmental officials '74 / compiled by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington, Indiana ; with the cooperation of the First National Bank of Bloomington. JS451.I69 M63 1974
1977-2014 Monroe County governmental officials list / compiled by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County, Indiana. JS451.I69 M63 Wells Copies
1979-1990 Monroe County governmental officials list / compiled by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County, Indiana ; with the cooperation of the First National Bank of Bloomington. JS451.I69 M63 Law Library Copies
2000 Monroe County governmental officials list / compiled by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County, Indiana ; with the cooperation of the First National Bank of Bloomington. JS451 .I69 M63 Residence Halls Copies

Other Specialized Directories

Year(s) Title Call Number linked to IUCAT
1978 Monroe County's major information and referral services : I & R System Strengthening Project, 339-2150. HV99.B58 M66 1978
1984 Human resources, 1984 / City of Bloomington. HV99.B582 H86 1984
1985, 1998-1989 IRIS : Information & referral identification system for Monroe County, Indiana. F534.B6 I15
1991 Living in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. : a comprehensive guide to resources and services. HC108.B566 B43 1991
1991-1993, 1995, 1997 IRIS : Information & referral identification system for Monroe County, Indiana. F534.B6 I15
1998 Community wellness guide 1998. RA448.B63 B6 1998
1999, 2001/2002 Annual manual. F534.B6 A56
2001, 2003 InfoTYME. Bloomington, Monroe County, IN [electronic resource]. F534 .B62
2003 IRIS : Information & referral identification system for Monroe County, Indiana. F534.B6 I15
2007 Community and Family Resources directory : quick reference guide. HV99.B58 C66 2007

This guide compiled by Ryan Randall, 2014.


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