Researching specific companies can be very important to understanding the industry. However, there have been so many companies that made tobacco related products that we can't address them all individually in this guide. This page is intended to provide a few resources for those looking at tobacco products and the companies that produced them. The following list includes a few firms, several of which have been significant drivers of the industry and many with intertwined histories.
To search for books about individual companies, you can search the Library's Catalog on the companies name or use the Library of Congress Subject Heading for the company. You can also search for material published by the company by using the company as the author.
If you are looking to research the smaller business like local retailers and manufacturers, newspapers will be important. If you know the name, you can use that as your starting point but if not, you can search on words like tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, and the like. For example, one page in the Richmond paper The Times for March 10, 1891, reveals the name of a manufacture of straight cut cigarettes Allen & Ginter and a New York manufacturer Ginna & Co. that manufactured tins used for tobacco products, while a March 12, 1891 edition of the Gold Leaf in North Carolina listed a number of tobacco manufacturers.
There are many books related to the history and development of tobacco as a product and many of them by necessity look at the companies. Most of those titles can be found in the General United States History and Tobacco in the States sections of this guide.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.