Oshkosh Online City Directories

No longer under lock and key, Oshkosh Public Library has digitized twenty-nine city directories spanning the years 1857 to 1922. Funding for the project was obtained from a grant from the Alberta Kimball Foundation and, at the request of Mayor Stephen Hintz, an appropriation from the Sesquicentennial Project Fund of the City of Oshkosh. Enjoy digging into your Oshkosh past through the contents of these directories.


Each directory has been divided into sections --

  • Surnames
  • Businesses
  • Street directories
  • and more!

Browse the collection to discover all kinds of interesting facts about historic Oshkosh as well as sketches of prominent people, local businesses and their advertisements, and views of Oshkosh.


Perform a comprehensive search of all twenty-nine directories to find out if your ancestor lived in Oshkosh during these years and to research the history of your house or family business.

Tip: Looking for a specific name? Try enclosing your search in quotes, such as: "Lastname, Firstname".

Tips on using this collection:

  1. Get Adobe ReaderTo read the city directories, your web browser will need the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® plug-in. If you have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® installed, when you click on the link for any of the city directories, the reader should automatically start up, and you can view or print the PDF document. If you don't already have this installed, you can download your free copy from Adobe®.
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  2. If you would like to locate a particular name or word within the document you are viewing, simply press the 'CTRL' and 'F' keys on your keyboard. This will bring up an Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® Find box where you can type in the word you are looking for, and press Find. This will take you to the first occurrence of the word in the document.
  3. To locate the next occurrence of that name/word, click the forward arrow next to the search box.

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