Carroll Publishing Directories: County Directory, Federal Directory, Municipal Directory, and State Directory

Now accessible through Gale Directory Library, the directories from Carroll Publishing provide you with direct contact information to reach top government officials at all levels of government, from federal to municipal.

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Section 1: Scope

For more than 30 years, Carroll Publishing’s government directories have provided detailed and up-to-date information on U.S. government officials at all levels of government (federal, state, municipal and county). These trusted resources allow researchers to access hundreds of thousands of active government contacts, government facilities and much more.

Here are the Carroll directory titles your library can subscribe to in Gale Directory Library:

Carroll Publishing's Federal Directory

This detailed reference provides contact information for members of all three branches of the U.S. government in a single resource. Featuring fully up-to-date information, the Federal Directory includes full contact details — including name, title, telephone, fax and e-mail address — for senior and mid-level government officials in the executive office of the president, all 15 cabinet level federal departments, independent agencies, the U.S. congress and the federal court system.

Carroll Publishing's Federal Regional Directory

Covering regional and field offices of federal government agencies, home-state offices for members of congress, federal district courts and more, the Federal Regional Directory includes full contact information for thousands of non-Washington-based executives in cabinet departments, congress, the courts and independent agencies. It also features geographical listings of major agency offices outside Washington, details of agencies’ jurisdictions and more.

Carroll Publishing's State Directory

This comprehensive eDirectory includes complete contact information for more than key executive, legislative and judicial officials in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Territories. State Directory includes names, titles, addresses and phone numbers for thousands of positions in state government; officers, committees, members and staff of state legislatures; individual district and state capitol addresses for all state legislatures; individual committee assignments for state legislatures; and much more.

Carroll Publishing's Municipal Directory

The most comprehensive resource of its kind, the Municipal Directory covers thousands of elected, appointed and career officials in cities, towns and villages across the United States. Features include listings for cities with populations of more than 15,000 with population, county, main address, general fax number, top elected officials, council or elected board members, staff of other major government units and much more.

Carroll Publishing's County Directory

County Directory includes contact information for key officials in more than 3,100 counties, boroughs and parishes nationwide. The most complete reference of its kind, this eDirectory covers all county-level jurisdictions and includes population, county seat, main address, general fax number, county council members, chief elected officials and much more.

Section 2: Method of Compilation

Carroll Publishing has an experienced editorial staff of 23 professionals averaging 17 years in the business. In addition they have sales people talking to clients daily. There is a clear hierarchy for updating their content, with emphasis on timeliness for higher level, visible, more public figures. For entries least visible (e.g. cities under 15,000 population or without individual contacts – airports, nursing homes, etc.) updates are done less frequently, but in all cases at least annually.

The editors start with daily reviews of newsworthy events scanning over 400 sources. Regular press releases are sent to Carroll Publishing. In these, and all other new content that comes to their attention, data entry is completed the same day and databases are updated overnight. Entries entered in this fashion are perforce random as news occurs.

Secondly, a proactive, comprehensive review of editorial files containing individual personnel data (containing hundreds of thousands of entries) occur several times a year (a carry over sequence from the print era publishing). Every branch, level or geographic area is reviewed, and the resulting changes are updated online daily as they occur. Editors seek this data directly from the source whenever possible, i.e. the listees themselves. Over many years of business, the editors have established very cooperative contacts within these organizations.

Thirdly, principally in "other facilities" without personnel names, the editors do two additional things. For multi- facility categories (i.e. Social Security, IRS, or post offices) they will use the official government sites or, in a few specialized cases, lease content from other publishers. These records are reviewed for currency and accuracy prior to integration into the files. While all the above is happening to the database, the editors use Federal sites for such data as programs, census data, strategic plans and the like to embellish and integrate supplemental content into the database for a more robust responsibility picture.

Section 3: What You'll Find in a Carroll Entry and Searchable Fields

Carroll, a leading publisher of government directories, publishes up-to-date, reliable contact information for all levels of government (Federal, State, Municipal and County). The main method used to store entries is by official or agency/department name; however, there many ways to find entries, including by Keyword, or by some other specific field of data using Advanced Search (refer to the Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column in the table below).

When you search for entries, your search results will show the main fields of data, enough to give you a brief view of the entity profiled. The full entry can be viewed on the entry display page by selecting the entry name from your results list.

Tip: The table below lists the kinds of information you will find in the entries in this eDirectory. Note that not all fields are present in every entry.

The Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column lists which Advanced Search index to use to search that field.

Field of Information Description Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es)
Entry Name The name of the specific entity (office, department, court, agency, etc.) appears as the final component of the entry name.
See also: Reporting Structure.
Name (ti)
Organization Name (on)
Keyword (ke)
Address The full mailing address. City (cc)
State - USA/Canada only (sc)
Zip - USA/Canada only (zc)
Phone The telephone number. Area Code - USA/Canada only (ar)
Free Toll-free telephone number.  
Fax The fax number.  
Website URL for the organization's Web site.  
Contact Lists key personnel within the organization along with their job title and e-mail address. Officers (na)
Job Title (jt)
Keyword (ke)
Branch of Government The branch of government (Executive, Legislative or Judicial) within which the organization functions or reports. Government Branch (gy)
Reporting Structure Within the specified Branch of Government, this field lists from broadest to specific (top-down) the departments, offices, agencies, bureaus, programs and so on through which the organization reports.


The Secretary of Education has a reporting structure of: Department of Education >> Office of the Secretary

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans has reporting structure of: Department of Education >> Office of the Secretary >> Office of the Deputy Secretary >> Elementary and Secondary Education Office >> White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
County FIPS Code The five-digit Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code. Keyword (ke)
Congressional District Number The congressional district boundary designation as used by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressional District Number (cd)
Frequently Used Numbers Telephone numbers.  
SMSA The Metropolitan Statistical Area code that corresponds to the geographic area/region in which the organization operates. Metropolitan Statistical Area (ms)
Copyright Carroll Publishing copyright year.  
Source Citation Bibliographic information, along with a How to Cite link.  
Gale Document Number Displays the document's unique identifying number.  

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