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Business: Historical Information

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Historical Company Information


International Directory of Company Histories
Geography: Global
eBook series.  Provides histories of companies that are a leading influence in a particular industry or geographic location. Use the Search Within Series box to type in a company name.  (Preformatted citations are available at the end of each report.)


Mergent Archives- Moody's Manuals
Geography: Global
PDF image scans of all Moody's Manuals, starting with the first manuals published in 1909.  The manuals cover company financials not available in Compustat, which has no financials before 1950 and incomplete coverage between 1950 and 1962.  

  • To keyword search any report(s), use Adobe Acrobat Pro > Tools > Text Recognition. 


Mergent Archives- Annual Reports
Geography: Global
Offers more than 1,000,000 documents covering over 100 years dating back to 1844.  
USA—Over 370,000 documents  |  Canada—Over 150,000 documents  |  International—Over 500,000 documents


UCI Libraries Catalog: Advanced Search
Books are often written about the history of well-known companies.  These books are discoverable in the UCI Libraries catalog.  Search for the company name in the Subject field.  


Historical Newspapers
News is often one of the best sources of information about historical companies.  ​


5+ million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

Historical Company Datasets


S&P Capital IQ 
Geography: Global   
*(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)
A comprehensive company intelligence database, offering granular financial and capital structure information on millions of publicly traded companies worldwide, including data and graphs for historic stock prices, adjusted for stock splits.  

  • From the homepage > Charting [dropdown menu] > Chart Builder
  • UCI Faculty and PhD students may create personal accounts in S&P Capital IQ to facilitate their research and instruction.  Account holders can use Capital IQ’s Microsoft Office Plug-in to build and manipulate financial models and spreadsheets by accessing company financials, estimates, market data, transactions, ownership, fixed income data and more, directly within Excel. 


ReferenceUSA Historical Data
Geography: US
*(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)
Datasets consisting of annual snapshots of historic company data from Infogroup's U.S. Business Database. Includes company name, mailing address, SIC and NAICS codes, employee size, sales volume, and location (to zip code).  Data is back to 1997.  


Corporate Affiliations Historical Data
Geography: Global
*(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)

Historical hierarchies and profiles of over 1.9 million of the most prominent parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and divisions worldwide.  Data is back to 1993.  To request access to the data, please email the UCI Business & Economics Librarian, Annette Buckley.  


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