I have an assignment question that I have to discuss, here's the question: "Check with your local public library about city directories and/or a
Here's the full assignment question:"Check with your local public library about city directories and/or a Haines Directory (also known as a Criss Cross). (a) Ask how frequently they are used. (b) Describe your findings and provide two people you located using this source. Note: City directories list residents by name and address while the Haines Directory only lists by address or phone number because it is a mechanical reversal of the information in the phone book. Unlisted numbers do not appear in the Haines Directory, just as they do not appear in the phone book."
Thanks for asking! The W. Dale Clark Library downtown holds a collection of Polk and/or Cole City Directories covering most of the city's history. They are routinely used (1-5 users per day) for local history research and occasionally used (1-2 users per week) by patrons researching current business and residential listings; obviously online sources have become heavily competitive in the modern era. Though we do not carry Haines directories, the city directories we have in stock do include a criss-cross telephone directory that would allow you to perform similar research.
The Abrahams Branch (90th and Fort) and Swanson Branch (90th and Dodge) libraries carry a copy of the current year's city directory if visiting the downtown library is severely out of your way. I would encourage you to visit, though. It's a neat collection on the library's 3rd floor.
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