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Researching Old Companies: a Business Class on January 19

The Library offers Saturday orientations/classes and sometimes Business takes their turn. When We took our turn last June, instead of doing our general Business Research Orientation, I taught a class titled So…you want to research old companies at the Library of Congress. It was the first time I gave this class and because there was interest, we are doing it again on January 19.

While the class is primarily about using the Library’s resources to do historical research on companies, some of the resources I will cover aren’t necessarily specific to the Library, so if you can come,  you may be able to take what you learn back home and see if your local public libraries and historical societies have resources that can help with this type of research. I plan on covering print and electronic sources – both free and subscription – as well as giving a few tips and tricks that I have picked up over the years.

This is an in-person class (sorry, no webinar) that starts at 10am in room LJ-139B – which is just around the corner from the Reader Registration station in the Jefferson Building.  If you want to attend, you can sign up on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saturday-research-orientation-business-reference-services-registration-37321017167 (the form says Business Research Orientation but it is for this class)

Note: Request ADA accommodation five days in advance at 202.707.6362 or [email protected]



  1. Richard Norton
    January 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm


    Is it possible to take the class online or remotely?

    • Ellen Terrell
      January 11, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Unfortunately we are not quite there yet. We do hope to offer this class a little more broadly in the future.

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