I'm looking for a source where I can download all business telephone listings (yellow pages) in the USA. Does anyone know where I might find such a data set?

Ideally, I'd like to be able to get historical listings also.

Update/Clarification I'm really looking for business names & geographic location. Telephone directories seem like a convenient place to get this information, but I don't actually need phone numbers. Any data set that contains business names and addresses (really just ZIP code would be enough) would be sufficient.

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    Short answer - sorry, you are not going to find this for free (I wish someone would prove me wrong!). See also this question. The only datasets I know of are proprietary (InfoUSA, Dun & Bradstreet, Nielsen Claritas, and Equifax B2B Marketing). Most states do have business records you can get (often for a price), but again you have to go state-by-state and compile it yourself. – J. Miller Sep 29 '15 at 7:31
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    i've come to a similar conclusion after quite a bit more searching. This US Business database from Inbit the only one I've found remotely in my price range, though I have no idea what kind of quality it is. (They say up front they don't accuracy-check any of the data.) – Alex Oct 4 '15 at 0:32
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    You might not find a single source, but state Secretary of State offices tend to be responsible for business filings (incorporation/annual filings). Those should be publicly available. For states that don't have a "Secretary of State" or "Department of State", the responsibility tends to fall on the Lt. Governor. – ChronoFish Nov 14 '15 at 5:13

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