Baker Library | Bloomberg Center

Historical Collections


Harvard Business School Archives

  • Includes published and unpublished materials that trace the history of HBS from its founding in 1908 to the current day
  • Rich in photographs that vividly capture HBS, including faculty members, students, the campus, and special events

Baker Old Class Collection

  • Unique arrangement of the collection brings together books, periodicals, and pamphlets organized by industry
  • Includes trade publications, government documents, corporate histories and publications, and business directories from ca. 1840 to 1971

Business Manuscripts Collection

  • Approximately 1,400 collections of original business manuscripts from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries
  • Subjects include agriculture, transportation services, manufacturing industries, and marketing and financial services

Kress Collection of Business and Economics

  • Rare books, pamphlets, broadsides, manuscripts, and prints, from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries with traditional strengths in economic philosophy, political economy, commerce, and business history
  • Digital facsimile images of a portion of the Kress Collection available through The Making of the Modern World
  • Includes the personal papers of H.S. Foxwell, lecturer and teacher of political economy and a book collector of economic literature

Historic Corporate Reports Collection

  • Includes annual reports, prospectuses, proxies, registration statements, and miscellaneous items such as brokerage-house reports and unpublished corporate histories from 1820 to the present day
  • Documents approximately 20,000 companies

Photograph Collections

  • Over 22,000 images of factories, equipment, techniques, processes, and people at work in industrial settings
  • photographs relating to U.S. industry as well as business operations in Central and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia

R. G. Dun & Co. / Dun & Bradstreet Collections

  • First commercial credit reporting agency in America
  • R. G. Dun & Company manuscript credit reports on individuals and firms from the United States, Canada, and some foreign countries, 1840s-1890s. Information on the duration of the business, net worth, sources of wealth, and the character and reputation of the owners, their partners, and successors.
  • Dun & Bradstreet records including correspondence, legal records, financial and administrative records, publications, and audio-visual materials concerning Dun & Bradstreet and its predecessor companies, 1840s-1990s

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