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Related Sources on R.G. Dun & Company:

On the use of the handwritten R.G. Dun & Company credit reports:

Lovett, Robert W. Nineteenth-century Credit Information. Boston: Boston Public Library, 1975.

Madison, James H. "The Credit Reports of R.G. Dun and Co. as Historical Sources," Historical Methods Newsletter. Vol. 8 (1975).

Published credit information:

In addition to its handwritten credit reports the R.G. Dun & Company began publishing its Reference Book in 1859 for use by its subscribers. The Reference Book includes a two-part credit rating for individuals and firms, consisting of estimated pecuniary strength and general credit.

Baker Library Historical Collections holds an incomplete run of the Reference Book.

The Mercantile Agency's Reference Book, of the United States and British Provinces. New York: B. Douglass and Co.

Holdings: 1860

The Mercantile Agency Reference Book, (and Key): Containing Ratings of the Merchants, Manufacturers and Traders Generally Throughout the United States. New York: R.G. Dun & Co.

Microfilm Holdings: 1867, 1871, 1879, 1880, 1883, 1885, 1894, 1895, 1897
Holdings: 1864/65-1866, Jan. 1867, July 1868, Jan. 1870, July 1871, Sept. 1874, Jan. 1875, July 1879, Jan. 1880, Mar. 1880, Jan. 1883, July 1883, Jan. 1885, Jan. 1885, July 1889, Jan. 1890-Mar. 1890, Jan. 1891, July 1891-Mar. 1892, Jan. 1893, Jan. 1894, July 1894, July 1895, July 1897, Jan. 1898-Jan. 1899, Jan. 1900, Jan. 1905, Jan. 1910, Jan. 1915, Jan. 1918, Jan. 1920, Jan. 1925

Baker Library Historical Collections also holds an incomplete run of State editions.

Manuals on credit reporting

Mercantile Agency. Detailed Instructions to Reporters and Report Writers on the Arrangement of Reports. [New York?: R.G. Dun & Co., 1918?]

Mercantile Agency. The Mercantile Agency Manual: A Compilation of Rules and Regulations for the General Conduct of the Business, 3rd ed. New York: R.G. Dun & Co., 1897.

Mercantile Agency. The Mercantile Agency Manual: A Compilation of Rules and Regulations for the General Conduct of the Business, 4th ed. New York: R.G. Dun & Co., 1905.

Mercantile Agency. The Mercantile Agency Manual: A Compilation of Rules and Regulations for the General Conduct of the Business, 5th ed. New York: R.G. Dun & Co., 1924.

Mercantile Agency. The Mercantile Agency Reporters' Manual, 2nd ed. New York: R.G. Dun & Co., 1902.

Mercantile Agency. The Mercantile Agency Reporters' Manual, 4th ed. New York: R.G. Dun & Co., 1918.

Mercantile Agency. The Mercantile Agency Reporters' Manual, 5th ed. [New York : R.G. Dun & Co.], 1927.

Published histories of R.G. Dun & Company (1841-1933):

Dun and Bradstreet, inc. The Centennial of the Birth of Impartial Credit Reporting: An American Idea. [New York]: Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., 1941.

Dun and Bradstreet, inc. The Mercantile Agency: The Story of Impartial Credit Reporting. [New York]: Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., 1941.

Hidy, R.W. "Credit Rating Before Dun and Bradstreet," Bulletin of the Business Historical Society. Vol. 13 (1939).
Full text available as networked resource. (Harvard users only: Harvard ID and University PIN required).

Madison, James H. "The Evolution of Commercial Credit Reporting Agencies in the Nineteenth-Century American," Business History Review. Vol. 48 (1974).
Full text available as networked resource. (Harvard users only: Harvard ID and University PIN required).

Norris, James D. R.G. Dun & Co., 1841-1900: The Development of Credit-reporting in the Nineteenth Century. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978.

Olegario, Rowena. A Culture of Credit: Embedding Trust and Transparency in American Business. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006.

[Pamphlets Related to the History of the Mercantile Agency]. [ca. 1926-1927]

Vose, Edward Neville. Seventy-five Years of the Mercantile Agency, R.G. Dun & Co., 1841-1916.Brooklyn, N.Y.: R.G. Dun & Co., 1916.

Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. "God and Dun & Bradstreet, 1841-1851," Business History Review. Vol. 40 (1966).
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Published histories of Dun & Bradstreet (1933-):

A Chronicle of Credit Reporting: The Story of Dun & Bradstreet. [Murray Hill, N.J.: Dun & Bradstreet], c1985.

Dun & Bradstreet: A Chronology of Progress. [New York]: Dun & Bradstreet, c1974.

Dun & Bradstreet: The Story of an Idea. [New York, N.Y.]: Dun & Bradstreet, c1966.

Foulke, Roy Anderson. The Sinews of American Commerce. [New York: Dun & Bradstreet, inc., 1941]


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