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City Directories

The early city directories of Madison provide helpful historical information on the early years of the state capitol in addition to helping those looking for information on specific people and businesses in the area in the 1800s and early 1900s. The directories provide an alphabetical list of citizens with their addresses and occupations, a classified business directory, lists of city and county officials, churches, schools, societies, streets and wards. Historical County Plat Maps from South Central Wisconsin and Early Madison City Directories is a collaborative project completed by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection Center and Madison Public Library.

Browse the early Madison City Directories or search the full text.


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