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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:791 1767-1950 D897

Dun and Bradstreet archives and manuscript library collection

Scope and Contents

The Dun and Bradstreet archives and manuscript library collection is an artificial collection compiled by the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation business library. The collection consists of business records, legal records, personal papers, and newspapers compiled from various companies, individuals, and legislative bodies across the United States, spanning from 1767 to 1950. Materials heavily represent the New York and New Jersey region. Business records, which contain the bulk of the collection, consist of invoices, bills, orders, accounts, and correspondence. Invoices, which are particularly represented, detail the purchase and sale of provisions and freight transportation. Legal records, which are sparse, consist of deeds, land records, court records, and writs. Some personal correspondence is present. The bulk of collection dates from the early to late 1800s. Subject matter is diverse, including routine business operations, debt collections, lines of credit, transportation, and property. Also included are files of various company histories and illustrated prints and photostats of locations around the world.


  • 1767-1950

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information regarding access procedures.


2 linear feet (5 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is a credit reporting agency firm formed after the merger of R.G. Dun & Company and J.M. Bradstreet & Company in 1933.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., 2003.

Processing Information

Processed: By: Bailey Brunick, March 2019.

Dun and Bradstreet, inc. Dun &and Bradstreet Archives and Manuscript Library Collection, 1767-1950
Baker Library
March 2019
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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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