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For more than 15 years we've organized 1) the history of business:
industries, companies, executives, products/services, economics, scandals, business fiction, films, photographs and 2) essential books on management: investing, financing, operating decisions into the largest multimedia collection of business and management history available (organized by subject, company, year and author).

Business History is an information and education resource - invaluable for perspective on the history of capitalism, commerce, enterprise, entrepreneurship, operating success and failure and management decision-making. It is a labor of love and passion, begun more than 15 years ago by a guy with a liberal arts degree from Georgetown University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MLS from St. John's University (NY), author of 2 published business books (contributor to a 3rd), founder of the business journalism program at Boston University School of Communication and years of work on Wall Street.

Genesis 1990: Many college seniors visited the options trading floor of the American Stock Exchange to observe what 'market making' and trading 'looked like'. Each was visiting New York City to interview for a job at a brokerage firm. I asked each woman and man if s/he had read anything about the firm in particular (with which each had a scheduled interview) or about the history of Wall Street in general, since each had chosen the securities industry as a career path. To a person the answer was no - nothing read! I empathized, as I was sure that I, at their age and stage in life, had also read little about Wall Street prior to my start in the securities industry. Further discussion revealed not that each wasn't interested in reading about Wall Street's past but that each just didn't know what to read, how much material might be available or how much time it might take to find it. I wasn't sure myself but decided to investigate. That led to many hours in the business library at NYU's Stern Graduate School of Business and my first foray into business history.

Research led to a far greater awareness of Wall Street's fascinating history and to the producing of an expansive bibliography on it used at Georgetown University. It also sparked a passion and excitement for histories of all businesses, regardless of industry. They are 'Studies in Enterprise', as Lorna Daniells wrote (former head of the Reference Department and Business Bibliographer at Baker Library, Harvard Business School). They are also testament to human creativity, passion, perseverance - and customer development!

Business History is a 'stealth' topic. Few colleges or graduate business schools have specific courses in business history vs. economic history. Library catalogs do not make clear the corresponding association between authors/subjects and their respective companies/industries. Web portals with a history focus or history links rarely  address business history as a separate and distinct entry.

Business History strives to shine a brighter light on this facet of human history.

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