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Special Collections in Business, Economic, and Labor History

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I have worked at the Library of Congress for just over 10 years and am still amazed by what I find.

When I first started, the various directories, credit reference books, telephone books, and  salary surveys thrilled me.  Sometimes I felt that there was a book or journal on every topic. That feeling really hasn’t gone away.  There are two collection areas – manuscripts and microforms  – that continue to remind me of the wealth of business-oriented materials I have yet to “discover.”

When I wrote a post on the manuscript collection of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, it occurred to me that what we had gathered on our Business’ Special Collections: Business, Economic, and Labor History page was just the tip of the iceberg.  I made a concerted effort to identify other manuscript and microform collections to include on this page and eventually this developed into a project for one our interns, Joseph Etoo.

We have just updated the web page with many “new” discoveries. Without going into detail, here are just a few examples:

  • Reports and summary proceedings of the World Bank, 1946-1974.
  • Records of the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor, 1918-1965.
  • Columbia Records paperwork collection, 1923-1964.
  • The Extel records: archives of the Exchange Telegraph Co. Ltd., 1872-1966.
  • Albert Gallatin papers, 1761-1880.
  • Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway System records, 1849-1909.
  • Henry Morgenthau papers, 1795-1941.
  • Papers of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

If you want to see more, just click on over.  While I have often included links to some of the various “special” collections in blog posts,  I really hope to focus on particular collections in future posts.

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