Images and information on over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955 related to radio, television, transportation, beauty and hygiene, or World War II. From the collections of the Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
"ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies."--Publisher's description.
This is the archived site that provides individual corporate histories by industry. List of links for business history departments in colleges and universities, business historians, museums and historic sites. List of the 10 oldest companies in the US and a chronology of important business history dates. Also provides a search by industrial sectors.
The Business History Conference seeks to disseminate information on the study of business history and to facilitate communication among scholars in this field. The website offers a variety of research resources External for a business researcher including: access to online publications; bibliographies on business history; research resources online; a database of experts engaged in different aspects of business history and a books of interest page.
Also operates The Exchange External blog and H-Business External a discussion list for the business history community.
This online version of the "Directory of Corporate Archives in the United States and Canada," published by the Business Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists includes entries for companies that maintain their own historical records, as well as for those that contract with consulting firms. Also included are archives of professional associations. The directory is arranged alphabetically by corporation names and includes description and holdings information for the archives along with contact information.
Developed in response to frequent requests regarding old mining companies and their stock certificates, this site contains publication information on standard print resources; links to U.S. state and Canadian provincial agencies responsible for company incorporations, as well as a link to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There are also links to several commercial firms which will research your old certificates for a fee and links to a number of scripophily dealers and organizations, which can provide information on collectible certificates.
Maintained by the International Institute of Social History and the Netherlands Economic History Archive, the site lists resources related to labor and business and economic history with sections for organizations, journals, exhibitions, conferences, and reference tools. Users may either browse the resources alphabetically or enter a keyword search.
Although general sources are included, this guide focuses specifically on sources for Buffalo and Western New York. However, the lists of local sources may suggest to the user the types of additional sources that may be available off-line in other localities to conduct this type of research. To locate a library in the area where the company in which you are interested was located, see the Find Libraries and Archives page from USA.gov.
The entries in this online guide link directly to substantive descriptions of special collections in the Library of Congress which contain materials of interest to researchers in a variety of disciplines, including U.S. business and labor history. Selected images from some of the collections may also be viewed online. Types of materials within each collection that may be of particular interest to the business/labor history researcher have been noted. Other business and labor related materials may also be located by searching the Prints and Photographs Division online catalog, the LC Digital Collections, and A Guide to the Microform Collections in the Library of Congress.
A good overview of how to research the value of an old stock certificate, this page includes links to both print and online sources, as well as information on scripophily, the hobby of collecting old stock and bond certificates.
A digitized collection of 6,700 documents and media from FBI paper files, this could be a valuable resource for business researchers looking for information on company crimes, public corruption, foreign intelligence, and investigations into all kinds of organizations. The collection can be browsed, or searched. Some full text documents are searchable, however digitized handwritten notes may not be searchable.