Sources of Historical Information on Post Offices, Postal Employees, Mail Routes, and Mail Contractors

Sources of Historical Information on Post Offices, Postal Employees, Mail Routes, and Mail Contractors

Sources Chronologically

Sources by Subject

Post Offices and Employees

Mail Routes and Contractors

Sources Alphabetically

Annual Report of the Postmaster General, 1789–

Benjamin Franklin’s Ledger, 1775–1778

Census Records, 1790–1930

City Directories, 1700s–

Confederate Post Office Department Records, 1861–1865

Congressional Serial Set, 1789–

Contract Route Registers, 1814–1960

Federal Statutes, 1789–

Hugh Finlay’s Journal, 1773–1774

Ledgers of the General Post Office, 1782–1799

Letters Sent by the Postmaster General, 1789–1952

Lists, Tables, and Directories of Post Offices, 1803–

Newspapers, 1700s–

Official Register of the United States, 1816–1911

Orders of the Postmaster General (“Journals”), 1835–1953

Pay and Personnel Records, circa 1901–

Postal Bulletin, March 1880–

Postmaster Finder, 1986–

Post Route Maps, 1830s–1940s

Record Cards of Letter Carriers Separated from the Postal Service, 1863–ca. 1900

Record Cards of Postmaster Appointments, 1890s–1986

Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1814–1971

Record of First Returns Received from Postmasters, 1789–1818

Rural Free Delivery Records, 1901–1934

Rural Route Cards, 1896–1970s

Site Location Reports of Post Offices, 1837–1950

United States Official Postal Guide, 1874–1954

Locations of Records

Historian

Library of Congress

National Archives and Records Administration

National Archives at College Park

National Personnel Records Center

United States Board on Geographic Names

Further Reading