On the 20th anniversary (2012) of the publication of Business and History at Western: A Guide to Selected Resources ...(1992) we offer a new introduction which is found here.
The original purposes and goals and a brief bibliography were provided in the original work and they may be viewed by clicking here. If you have any questions about this project or are looking for a company not yet listed, contact the Johnston Library for assistance. Scroll down to go directly to the database of companies.
Back in the last century , an attempt was made to identify the company histories that were widely scattered throughout the Western Libraries and pull them together in one source. The result was Business & History at Western: A Guide to Selected Resources in the UWO Library System. Since 1992 more company-related books have been discovered in the stacks and many more have been published. The lengthy list of company histories is provided below. The list is continually under construction and new company histories are added as they arrive. As well, we have included the company histories that are often found (but rarely indexed) in reference works or in books about industries. For example, this guide will direct you to the company histories found in The Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising and to the short sketches found in The World Guide to Automobile Manufacturers.
Annotations, Links and Scanned Articles
In addition to printed company histories, the lists below now provide much more. In some cases, the annotations include reviews of the books and short bibliographies and in many there are links to articles that have been scanned by the staff in the Business Library. For example, you can find a brief history of Dominion Coal by clicking here. As well, we have lately included obituaries of individuals who were important in relation to a company. For example, see the notice for Milton Harris under the Harris Steel Group listing and the references to Craig Laurence Dobbin under CHC Helicopters. While most of the obituaries are for Canadian business luminaries, some from other countries will also be found (for the U.S. see, for example, Frank Perdue and Ernest Gallo).
Indexes and an Introduction
We have attempted to provide some basic indexes. One allows you to choose an industry and see what related company historical information we have found. Another allows you to see what industry a company is associated with and the last allows you to identify Canadian companies. None of these lists or indexes are exhaustive and we are sure we have missed some companies. Nor does this resource provide links to our extensive company annual report collections. Those are found here.
The original purposes and goals and a brief bibliography were provided in the original work and they may be viewed by clicking here.The bibliography will also be updated. If you have any questions about this project or are looking for a company not yet listed, contact the Business Library for assistance.
Click on the letter to view an alphabetical list of related companies.
Draft: Index by Industry
Draft: Company and Industry
Draft: Canadian Company Index
Company Historical Profiles from the Canadian Register of Commerce and Industry (1959?)
Company Historical Profiles from Industrial Canada(1967)