Oswego City Directories

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Oswego City Directories
Oswego City Directories 1852-53 Directory Cover - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
1852 - 1929

Historical Context

Oswego is a port city on Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. The region has deep ties to the Iroquois and is named after an Iroquoian word which means a “pouring out place” referring to its location at a rivermouth of Oswego River. The area was established as a trading post by the British in the early 18th century. Oswego County was formally incorporated in 1816. Oswego was a main hub for transportation not only as a port-city, but also through canals and railways.

Scope of Collection

The collection includes mid-18th to early 20th-century city directories for Oswego. The directories contain listings for businesses and residences in Oswego and neighboring areas.

Special Content:

View Oswego City Directories 1852-1981 from the Oswego County Historical Society. This includes those not found in the Oswego Public Library's collection.