NYPL's 1940 Census Phone Directory


Can you hear me now? After 72 years, the National Archives has released the full set of records comprising the 1940 Federal Census — a milestone event for historians and genealogists studying documentary material of New Deal and Depression-era America. But finding a name among the millions of handwritten records is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That's why the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, together with NYPL Labs, has built Direct Me NYC 1940. This new website features recently digitized 1940 telephone directories from the five boroughs of New York City, which, when combined with powerful search tools, enable you to convert historical street addresses into precise Census districts in order to better navigate the Census records.