What records can I find in the Mitchell: Special Collections
Directories for Glasgow
The directories contain an alphabetical list of Glasgow’s main inhabitants, a street directory and a trades directory, listing people by their address and profession or trade. The first directory was published in 1783 by John Tait and included other nearby towns, then by Nathaniel Jones , and thereafter by Walter McFeat as the Glasgow Directory.
In 1828 the directories became known as the Post Office Annual Glasgow Directory. There is a directory for each year from 1800 with the exceptions of 1802, 1808 and 1816.
As the city and businesses grew, the later directories naturally contain more information than the earliest directories, with content such as public institutions and memberships, local travel times and methods, mail deliveries and costs, educational, law or medical directories and suburban directories.
Trade Directories for Glasgow
Kelly’s Directory Glasgow
Glasgow Trades Directory
Glasgow and Lanark Trades Directory
Glasgow and West of Scotland Trades Directory
Trades Directories list business types, names, addresses and often the names of individuals associated with the business listings. There are many trades directories for Scotland also available.
Phone Books for Glasgow
Yellow Pages for Glasgow
The Phone Books and Yellow Pages for Glasgow list the names, addresses and phone numbers of residential and business customers respectively.