Statewide directories for Nebraska were published periodically from 1882 to 1917. The 1886 directory was the first to list farmers in addition to businesses. It was compiled from the agricultural schedule of the 1885 census, and thus it is a partial index to that census (see the Census article). The directories have been microfilmed and are available for purchase from the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Resources for Nebraska Directories
Libraries and Archives
Ancestry.com ($) has Nebraska directories available online in its U.S. City Directories collection.
The Family History Library
The Family History Library has a copy of the 1878 business directory of cities, towns, and forts along the railroads of Nebraska, Colorado, and Utah (Family History Library film 1004514 item 3).
The Family History Library has directories for:
|1866-1935||Family History Library film 1377220—|
|1941, 1959, etc.||Family History Library book 978.2254/O1 E4p|
||Family History Library film 1035751 item 10|
|1940, 1960, etc.||Family History Library book 978.2293/L1 E4p; film 1320578 item 2|
- US City Directories This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.