Not only does this text address the general issues raised in the area of business and history, it also includes specific information that addresses frequently encountered problems. The first section introduces the concept of corporate history and discusses the various uses of historical records and research in
business. The second section looks at the development and use of corporate archives and historical records in various lands concerning business institutions - banking, manufacturing, etc. - and focuses on the unique problems presented by the different kinds of institutions. A third section provides specific information on the changing technology and legal position of corporate archives focusing on legal requirements, electronic records, etc. Sample forms and procedures are also provided.
"This is a book that will benefit any large corporation in business for some decades...it should be able to convince CEO's and other decision makers of the necessity for archives in companies with a history of mergers and acquisitions,
with rapid management turnovers, where individual memories cannot be relied upon for information on past activities and policies." -- Robert M. Hawthorne Jr., Academic Library Book Review, October 1994.
"… should be on every corporate archivist's shelf. It is a reference tool, a primer, and a survival manual for those new to the rarefied and not always tranquil world of big business." -- Lynn Downey, The Public Historian, Winter 1995
"… a comprehensive
collection of corporate archivists' concerns and viewpoints regarding the practice of their profession. It is fairly short and is written in a direct and understandable style largely free from professional jargon...the editors are to be congratulated for taking the time and effort to fill a void in the professional literature." -- E.W. Adkins, Libraries & Culture, Spring 1995.
"The editors are to be commended for taking the time and effort to fill a void in the
professional literature." -- Elizabeth W. Adkins, American Archivist, Spring 1995.