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This Month in Business History

Compiled by specialists in Business Reference Services at the Library of Congress, this guide highlights stories about the people, places, and events that made their mark on business history.


The Library of Congress is home to many individual research centers providing collections and reference services for a wide variety of materials and topics. This guide provides access to selected resources on important topics in business history, arranged by month. Each month we will highlight a set of events, connected to that month, illustrating important milestones in the history of business in the United States.

Sage, Sons & Co., Lith., Print'g & Mf'g Co.Commercial calendar, 1871. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

About the Business Section

Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Business Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.