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.
Both the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library and the Meriam Library Special Collections department had partial sets of the directories. In 2004, the respective libraries' "Friends" organizations donated funds to scan and digitize the directories to preserve the oldest years and to provide a more complete set in both locations.
The first local directories were published in 1881. Neither the Chico Branch of the Butte County Library nor the Meriam Library have copies of any of the years between 1882-1904 nor 1917, 1919, 1920, or 1925.
Thanks to Nancy Leek (Chico Library) and Pam Bush (Meriam Library) for coordinating the initial digitization 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.
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