Maps, street number/name history, city directories. For telephone exchange data see Useful Date Indicators.
For "panoramic maps" of various US cities, mostly 19th century, see the US Library of Congress' Panoramic Maps collection at: http://www.loc.gov/collections/panoramic-maps/
For maps generally at the Library of Congress, see: http://www.loc.gov/maps/collections/
For city directories generally (and also other demographic, census, and similar data) see Don Kriger's http://donslist.net/ site.
See also the Wikipedia list of newspaper archives at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_online_newspaper_archives
The closest megalopolis to me, and the second most important city in the history of American type machinery.
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