1918 IOWA GAZETTEER Details of Every CITY, VILLAGE & POST OFFICE in Iowa, with Names of BUSINESSMEN & FIRMS in each location
IOWA STATE GAZETTEER and BUSINESS DIRECTORY for 1918-1919. A listing of every city, village and post office in the state, with a brief description of each (e.g. population, location) and all the businesses and people doing business within each location. A great genealogical reference.
The title page states: "With Latest Map Of The State". However, there is NO map, it was likely disbound from this volume. Otherwise complete.
From the Introduction to the Gazetteer: "The Gazetteer contains a Business Directory of every city, town, village and hamlet in the State, arranged alphabetically also a complete Classified Business Directory, in which the names of all business and professional men are listed under their respective callings."
From the title to page to the Main Directory (pages 131 - 1014): "In the following section of this work the cities, villages and post offices of Iowa are arranged in alphabetical order, and a description given of each place, with an alphabetical list of all persons doing business therein or receiving mail at that post office."
The Gazetteer also contains a brief history of the state, a listing of Iowa State government offices and officers, Yellow Pages, and lots of other information.
A thick and quite comprehensive gazetteer and business directory.
Published by R.L. Polk & Co., Des Moines, 1918. This is the Original, Vintage Directory.
Rebound in Sutro Library hardcovers with black title and shelving info on the spine, the original volume is bound within including all the various sections and advertising pages, 6x9 inches, thick volume, 1814 pages.
Contains numerous advertisements of the day. These directories were published as advertising vehicles so ads are everywhere.
This volume was part of the amazing SUTRO GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY of SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. There is a Sutro Library bookplate on the front pastedown, and Sutro and related library ink stamps, labels, shelving numbers, and marks on the front endpapers and here and there. The Sutro Library was (and to a large part still is) a treasure trove of genealogical books collected by Adolph Sutro and donated to the City of San Francisco. The collection was pretty much neglected by the City until in 2012 the City gave the collection to the library of San Francisco State University. Before and after the move to SFSU quite a few volumes from the Sutro genealogical library were, sadly, deaccessioned so that the collection would fit it into its new space. In its new home the Sutro Library is still considered to have the best genealogical collection west of Salt Lake City, and is now much better cared for, it is just not as large as it was. Once these wonderful deaccessioned Sutro genealogy books find new homes they will likely not be seen again for some time.
GOOD CONDITION: The rebound hard covers are solid and doing their job well. Internally there are Sutro and associated labels, marks and stamps as noted above, there is a small remnant of paper on the title page, there are previous owner's marks by a number of names and businesses, and for some reason the "Dressmakers" on 4 pages of the business directory have been X'd out though the names can still be read, overall the inner pages are tight, bright, clean, clear and fully legible. A solid, nice, presentable copy.
AN ORIGINAL 1918-1919 DIRECTORY of the Cities, Towns and Villages of the State of Iowa, and the Businesses and Business People in them. A hefty treasure trove of regional and genealogical information.
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