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“Special” Collections of a Business Nature

The Library has many collections that may not, at first glance, be obvious places to find information for those doing business research.  Most of these collections are only accessible to those that come to the Library, but some of the material from those collections has been digitized.  Business Reference created a list of these “special” collections that may be of interest to those doing business research. Below are a few notable examples – some feature digitized materials while others are in-person use only:

An aerial view of Capitol Hill featuring the Madison, Jefferson and Adams Buildings of the Library of Congress, Carol M. Highsmith Collection (2007) //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.01904

Lastly, I wanted to make the case for presidential papers.  The Library has digitized papers from Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, and Lincoln, in addition there are many presidential papers that have not been digitized. While the papers aren’t strictly “business,” they do include material related to government activities and legislation that impacted business and the economy, such as commerce, trade, banking, taxes, money, etc.  Specific examples include the digitized Act to Incorporate Central Pacific Railway Co from the Lincoln papers and mentions of the Louisiana Purchase and information about the U.S. government’s budget from Jefferson’s papers.

Those are just a few highlights. These are just some of the avenues for business researchers beyond books and periodicals at the Library of Congress.

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