Business Manuscripts

William Appleton and Company records

The business records of Boston, Massachusetts shipping merchant William Appleton and Company and successor firm Samuel Hooper and Company, 1813-1889.

The collection represents the extensive records of a company of shipping merchants who traded with all parts of the world and includes lists of imports from Calcutta, 1831-1848, and the letters and accounts for Martin Murray & Co., who acted as agents for William Appleton & Co. in Bombay.

Thatcher Magoun business records

Records of merchant and shipowner Thatcher Magoun and his son Thatcher Magoun, Jr., of Boston and Medford, Mass., relating to their involvement in international trade and shipping, 1816-1885.

Central Wharf and Wet Dock Corporation records

Records of Boston, Mass. Central Wharf and Wet Dock Corporation and associated businesses include financial material relating to wharfage and shipping, manifests of cargoes in and out, storage cargoes, freight going out and coming in, dockage charges and the financial transactions essential in carrying on a substantial business.

Includes information related to Isreal Whitney of Beverly, Mass. who made a number of voyages to Calcutta.

Records of Boston merchants engaged in foreign trade

Multiple collections related to Boston merchants engaged in foreign trade, 1739-1887.

Of particular interest is the William H. Goodwin collection, which contains accounts of goods shipped by William H. Goodwin on ships from Calcutta bound for Boston. The commodities dealt in were gunny cloth, jute, twine, rugs, silks, Buffalo hides, shellac, senna, castor oil, saltpetre, and indigo. The firm name in Boston was Weld & Goodwin, a partnership between Goodwin and John Gardner Weld.

HBS Archives

HBS Business History Initiative - Creating Emerging Markets

Creating Emerging Markets is an oral history project that includes over 100 interviews with business leaders throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Hear directly from global business leaders on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, leadership, globalization, innovation and government regulations and how firms can create value for their immediate and extended communities. 

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad records

This collection documents the collaboration of Harvard Business School in the establishment and operation of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad from 1961 to 1969. Materials include records related to administration, curriculum development, courses, policies, and personnel, committee meeting agendas and minutes, reports, and published documents of the Institute. This collection is valuable for researchers interested in the global reach of HBS, the collaboration of HBS with other academic institutions, and in business management education in India.

Print materials

Commerce (Calcutta, India)

"Review of Indian financial, commercial and industrial progress."

Description based on: Vol. 34, no. 866 (Jan. 22, 1927).


  • v.34, no.866(1927:Jan. 22), 
  • v.34, no.871(1927:Feb. 26), 
  • v.40, no.1014(1930:Jan.)-v.40, no.1039(1930:June) 


Industrial India annual : official organ of the All-India Manufacturers' Organization

Holdings: 1957, 1961-1971 

National Productivity Council (India)

Report of Indian productivity team

Holdings: 1961/62-1968/69 

Indian finance


  • v.46 (1950:July) - v.105, no.1 (1980:April 5) - incomplete
  • v.81, no.1 (1968:Jan 6) - v.81, no.13 (1968:Mar 30) - incomplete

The Directory & chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Netherlands India, Borneo, the Philippines, &c

Holdings: 55th-68th, 1917-1930 (incomplete)

The investor's India yearbook

Holdings: 1921, 1926-1927

Statistical tables relating to banks in India

Holdings: 1st-25th, 1913/14-1938

Census of manufactures India

Holdings: 1st-13th, 1946-1958