R.G. Dun & Company credit report volumes
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Extent2640 linear feet (2,522 volumes, 2 boxes)
The credit report volumes are arranged geographically by state or territory. Each state or territory is then subdivided alphabetically by county and/or city. Most include alphabetical name indices that direct the user to the volume and page where the credit report is recorded. The volumes for smaller states or territories sometimes contain multiple counties within a single volume (for example, Georgia v.32 includes Taylor, Telfair, and Terrell counties.)
When the collection was donated to Harvard Business School, a simple state-level numbering system was imposed on the volumes (i.e., Massachusetts v. 1 to 105.) Researchers should use the state-level number to request a volume or to cite it in a publication. However, it should be noted that these numbers were not used by the R.G. Dun & Co. clerks who originally recorded the credit reports. The Dun clerks numbered the volumes for each county or city independently, and used these numbers in their indices. Researchers will need to convert this original number to its state-level equivalent. For example, the Worcester County, Massachusetts, index created by the Dun clerks might point to a credit report in volume 5. The Worcester County v.5 cited in the Dun index is Massachusetts v.101. When necessary, the inventory below lists both the state number and the original Dun volume number.
Please note that the inclusive dates listed for each volume are approximate.
Some loose credit reports have been removed from the credit ledger volumes and are now located in Box 1 and Box 2.
The sources of the company's evaluations were its local correspondents who prepared credit reports on businessmen and women. By the early 1850s, the firm employed 2,000 correspondents throughout the U.S. and Canada. At least twice a year, credit reports were sent to Dun's New York City office where they were entered in large ledger books, arranged by state and county. Dun & Bradstreet donated these volumes to Baker Library in 1962.
- Lawyer volumes
- District of Columbia
- New England
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Utah Territory
- West Virginia
- Western Territories of the U.S.
- Canada - British Columbia
- Canada East - Quebec
- Canada - Manitoba
- Canada - New Brunswick
- Canada - Newfoundland
- Canada - Nova Scotia
- Canada - Prince Edward Island
- Canada West - Ontario
- Foreign Countries
Existence and Location of Copies
- Alabama v.4 (Benton Co., Bibb Co., Blount Co.)
- Delaware v.1-4 (Entire state)
- Illinois v.165-167 (Morgan Co.)
- Indiana v.66-74 (Marion Co.)
- Iowa v.54 (Winnebago Co., Woodbury Co., Wright Co.)
- Maryland v.1-20 (Entire state)
- Massachusetts v.63-64 (Suffolk Co. index)
- Minnesota v.17-18 (Wabashaw Co., Waseca Co., Watonwan Co., Wright Co., Wadena Co., Washington Co., Wilkin Co.)
- New Jersey v.1-2 (All counties-Lawyer volume), v.7-9 (Camden Co., Cape May Co., Cumberland Co.), v.28 (Gloucester Co.), v.70 (Salem Co.)
- New York v.571 (Seneca Co.)
- Oregon v.1 (Oregon & Utah Territories)
- Pennsylvania v.20-22 (Berks Co.), 29 (Bucks Co.), v.38-39 (Chester Co.), v.57 (Delaware Co.), v.78-81 (Lancaster Co.), v.84-88 (Lebanon Co., Lehigh Co.), v.117 (Montgomery Co.), v.127-168 (Philadelphia), v.209-224 (Philadelphia)
- Tennessee v.5-8 (Davidson Co. - Nashville)
- Texas v.8 (Dallas)
- Western Territories v.1
- Canada v. 1-27 (Entire country)
- Foreign Countries v.1
- R.G. Dun & Company. R.G. Dun & Company Credit Report Volumes, 1840-1895 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
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