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MNCAT (University of Minnesota Libraries catalog)
Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

Library Catalog
--Search MNCAT, the libraries' catalog, to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
--You can check MNCAT to see if there are book-length studies about the company. Or, perhaps we have paper copies of the companies annual report from past years.

Company's Web Site
--You can check the Web site for the company to see if any company history is available on the Web. The usual form of a company's Web site is -- but sometimes there are differences in the address. You can almost always find sites for publicly traded corporations by using Google.

Mergent Online Authentication Required
Profiles of public corporations around the world that includes summaries, company histories, property, financials, subsdiaries, joint ventures, long term, press release and historical annual reports.

Mergent WebReports Authentication Required
Documents covering public corporations in over 100 countries. MergentWeb contains all the historical information recorded in Moody's Manuals dating back to the early 1900s. This archive is an excellent source of corporate history, business descriptions and financial statements.

Industry overviews, rankings and comparative statistics for major industries in the United States. Detailed information about public companies--annual reports, stock reports, bonds, valuation, and financial statistics. Includes the Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives for locating private and smaller companies.
[Resource no longer available]

ProQuest Historical Annual Reports Authentication Required
Database offers corporate annual reports for U.S. companies from 1884 to the present. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed in the citation and can be searched. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date. Cross-searchable to other historical periodical databases.

International Directory of Company Histories Authentication Required
This 58 (in 2004) volume set offers extensive histories on hundreds of global companies. Use the index in the last volume to find your company listing.
• Location(s):

Notable Corporate Chronologies
This set contains concise chronological reviews of major corporate events.
• Location(s): Third edition is located in Wilson Business Reference Quarto HD2721 .N68x 2001.

Corporate Affiliations Authentication Required
The Libraries' subscription to this database has been cancelled. Please use the alternative resources, LexisNexis Academic, and Orbis for corporate ownership structure information.

The access to the Corporate Affiliations Historical Data Files (1993-2015) remain available to researchers for downloading. Please send your request for access to this data to: Data set field descriptions are also available.

Directory of Obsolete Securities
Use the Directory of Obsolete Securities to find out what happened to companies who are no longer around because of changes in their name, mergers, bankruptcy or other reasons.
• Location(s): TC Wilson Quarto HG4961 .D56
  • Robert D. Fisher manual of valuable and worthless securites.
    Robert D. Fisher manual of valuable and worthless securities.
    Published New York : Robert D. Fischer & Co., [c1938-
    Other Title Robert D. Fisher mining manual
    Continues Robert D. Fisher manual of extinct or obsolete companies
    Note Vol. 7-8 includes Robert D. Fisher mining manual, v. 1-2 (1940-1941).
    Subject LC Corporations -- United States -- Directories.
    Securities -- United States -- Directories.
    Mining corporations -- United States -- Directories.

    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Business Reference HG4055 .M272 Non-Circulating
    TC Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) HG4927 .R63x Regular Loan
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  • Robert D. Fisher manual of extinct or obsolete companies.
    Robert D. Fisher manual of extinct or obsolete companies.
    Published New York, Robert D. Fisher. v. 5; 1937.
    Continues Marvyn Scudder manual of extinct or obsolete companies
    Continued by Robert D. Fisher manual of valuable and worthless securities
    Subject LC Corporations -- United States.

    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Business Reference HG4055 .M272 Non-Circulating
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  • Marvyn Scudder manual of extinct or obsolete companies.
    Marvyn Scudder manual of extinct or obsolete companies.
    New York : Marvyn Scudder Manual of Extinct or Obsolete Companies, Inc., c1926-[1934].
    Vol. 1 (1926)-v. 4 (1934).
    Continued by Robert D. Fisher manual of extinct or obsolete companies
    Indexes/User Aid Vol. 1 (1926)-v. 3 (1930) in v. 4.
    Subject LC Corporations -- United States -- Periodicals.
    Mining industry and finance -- Directories.
    Securities -- United States -- Periodicals.

    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Business Reference HG4055 .M272 Non-Circulating
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  • Obsolete American securities and corporations.
    Smythe, Roland Mulville, 1855- comp.
    Obsolete American securities and corporations,
    Published New York, R. M. Smythe, 1904-11.
    Subject LC Securities -- United States.
    Corporations -- United States.

    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library 332.6 Sm99o Regular Loan
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  • Questioned stock manual: a guide to determining the true worth of old and collectible securities.
    Gargiulo, Albert F.
    The "questioned stock" manual : a guide to determining the true worth of old and collectible securities / Albert F. Gargiulo, with Rocco Carlucci.
    Published New York : McGraw-Hill, c1979.
    Note Includes index.
    Subject LC Securities, Obsolete -- United States.

    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library 332.6 G181 Regular Loan
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MarketLine Reports Authentication Required
Profiles of 5000 of the world's leading companies across the automotive, consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare and technology sectors. To access Datamonitor, select Company Profiles from inside the Business Source Premier.
--When you locate the Datamonitor report for your company, check the menu on the left hand side of the page to see where you will be able to find the history of the company.

Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers
Check the following indexes for news about the company's history:
  • Business Source Premier Authentication Required
    Use this popular research database to find business articles from 2,200 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Additional company and industry profiles from Datamonitor are included along with country reports and SWOT analyses.
  • Factiva Authentication Required
    Full text articles and transcripts from news sources, business magazines, and websites with international and foreign language coverage. Includes daily newspapers, television transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.
  • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
    LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
  • ProQuest Global Newsstream Authentication Required
    Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. Provides access to news from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
  • Business Periodicals Index Retrospective
    Indexes seven decades of articles on important events, issues and trends in the history of business and industry (including the complete file of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957), plus historical sources in the applied science and technology field for the 20th Century. Covers more than 2,000 periodicals that include more than 4.5 million articles. An excellent resource for tracking down important studies, exploring historical controversies, finding papers by innovators, researching the development of a particular technology, and more.
  • Star Tribune (access via ProQuest Newspapers) Authentication Required
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    Full text available from 1986 - Current. Access to freelance articles and other features within this publication such as photographs or classifieds may not be available.
  • Wall Street Journal (Proquest Newsstand) Authentication Required
    Full-text articles from1984 to date from the Wall Street Journal via Proquest Newspapers. This business newspaper has extensive coverage of stock markets, finance, investments and companies.
Recent financial history may be available in reports that security analysts prepare for their clients. Security analysts reports available through the U Libraries are:
  • Investext (Mergent Online) Authentication Required
    Includes investment research reports on companies and industries, prepared by analysts at investment banks, brokerage houses, and consulting firms worldwide. It can be found as a tab within the Mergent Online platform.
  • Value line investment survey (Online)
    The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market, and the economy. It has three parts: The Ratings & Reports section contains one-page reports showing Value Line's Timeliness, Safety, and Technical ranks, financial and stock price forecasts for the coming 3 to 5 years, an analyst's written commentary, and more. The Summary & Index contains an index of all stocks in the publication as well as many up-to-date statistics. It also contains a variety of stock "screens" designed to help investors identify companies with various characteristics. The Selection & Opinion section contains Value Line's latest economic and stock market forecasts, one-page write-ups about interesting and attractive stocks, model portfolios, and financial and stock market statistics.
    Also available in print in Wilson Library Reference, at: HG4501 .V262
    Older issues are available on microfiche in Wilson Library Reference at the class number shown above.
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto HG4501 .V262
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