The New York Public Library is currently working on digitizing 137 years of New York City Directories with plans to make the entire collection available online and text searchable. Directories spanning 1849/50 to 1923 have already been digitized, and directories spanning 1786 to 1848/9 are currently being scanned. Once complete, this digital project will be a significant resource for researchers studying New York City history and genealogy. It will also provide opportunities for these datasets to link to materials within NYPL’s other digital collections, including its map, photograph, and microfilm collections.
— Crystal Chen, LIS-653-02