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History of Accounting: A Resource Guide

Accounting Firms and People

To learn about the history of an industry it can be helpful to know about the people and accounting firms that were part of that industry. We have not included all books on the history of all accounting firms, but we focused on the large firms in the United States. We have also included two directories that provide basic information about firms, as well as the title Who Audits America that can help connect firms to their clients. If you are looking for information on firms that are still active, don't forget to visit their website.

Accounting Firms

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available. To locate additional materials, see the Search the Library's Catalog section of this guide.

Accounting Professionals

The titles chosen for this section were intended to provide personal perspective on the industry. Some titles are about specifically named individuals while others are autobiographical. We have also chosen to include a few titles to represent the accountants that go unnamed but contribute to the history and development of the profession and practice of accounting. Additional titles can be found by searching our catalog.

We have also included a few titles from and about some of the early inductees from the Accounting Hall of Fame. A list of winners External from 1950 can be seen at the American Accounting Association's website and some can be found in The History of Accounting: An International Encyclopedia (see directly below).