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ProQuest Introduces Historical Annual Reports

ProQuest Information and Learning ( has released what it calls the first-ever digital archive devoted solely to capturing historical data from American businesses. ProQuest Historical Annual Reports via the ProQuest platform offers desktop access to business information dating from the mid-1800s to the present day. The archive comprises 160 years of continuous coverage for more than 700 U.S. corporations. Coverage spans the history of influential American businesses including: Mutual Life of New York (160 years), Ford Motor Co. (93 years), General Electric Co. (112 years), Coca Cola Co. (85 years), Texaco (85 years), and Sears Roebuck & Co. (98 years).

ProQuest developed Historical Annual Reports in consultation with university faculty and librarians, who said access was one of the most significant barriers to researching pre-1970 company information. Until now, these retrospective reports were scattered around the country on film, fiche, and tattered paper. ProQuest responded to this need by gathering, digitizing, and indexing these business records for seamless access. This new application is designed to meet the needs of scholarly, legal, and corporate researchers—allowing them to trace a company's family tree, including name changes and acquisitions, product life cycles, developments, financial data, statistics, and corporate self-images across time.

Historical content comes from a variety of sources including ProQuest's digitized microfiche collection, as well as content partners like Purdue University and Harvard Business School. Data from 1995 forward is provided by Mergent, Inc., a provider of business and financial data on global publicly listed companies. The collection of reports will continue to grow as new reports are added annually.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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