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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:881 1918-2002 A849

Records of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives


Records of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives includes board of director's meeting minutes, communications yearbooks, membership directories and photographs pertaining to the organization.


  • 1918-2002

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information. Restricted material has been identified and separated. Note that box and folder lists of restricted material have been redacted.

Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder Special Collection’s ability to provide access to audiovisual content. For further information please contact reference staff at


36 linear feet (14 volumes, 58 boxes and 2 cartons)
The records of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives contain printed materials, board of director's meeting minutes, administrative records, communications materials and membership directories and photographs. The bulk of the records are yearbooks compiled by the ACCE communications office in order to preserve mailings, stationary, conference announcements, favors, brochures and programs. Each yearbook represents an entire year's worth of materials sent by ACCE to its national membership constituency. These materials were removed from their bindings and kept in original order. Also included are materials related to the National Association of Membership Directors of Chambers of Commerce (NAMD) conferences from 1992-2002 such as programs, brochures and schedules, some of which were recorded live.

Many of the ACCE publications and newsletters have been added to Baker Library Historical Collection's print collection. Please search HOLLIS to find these materials.

Historical Note:

The following historical note was taken from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives "History of ACCE" website.

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) was founded in Washington D.C. in 1914 as the National Association of Commercial Organization Secretaries (NACOS).

NACOS was headquartered in Washington, D.C. representing 176 members nationwide. They were created as a professional development organization aimed at the personal and professional improvement of chamber of commerce executives. At the NACOS ten-year anniversary, membership was a strong 1,045 and they were well on their way to establishing themselves.

During the 1920s, NACOS developed the well-respected Chamber Institute program which provided professional leadership and guidance to members. The decade of the 40's brought about change to the organization and NACOS officially became known as the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 2014 ACCE renamed the organization to better describe the mission by becoming the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Today, ACCE is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia and represents over 1,200 members servicing 7,000 staff throughout the United States and internationally.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Board of Directors meeting minutes, 1918-2001
  2. Series II. Administrative records, 1943-2002
  3. Series III. Communications records, 1955-1990
  4. Series IV. Membership records, 1971-1997

Physical Location



Gift of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, 2014

Processing Information

Processed: August 2014

By: Benjamin Johnson
Link to catalog
Records of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, 1918-2002: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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