In addition to annual reports on microform and in electronic format, the Business Library has a large collection of original, paper annual reports. The collection covers more than 60,000 annual reports from more than 8900 companies and in some cases the reports date back to the early 1900's. The collection consists primarily of Canadian material although some reports are available for companies in the United States and other countries. The collection has been moved to a non-retrievable storage facility.
A complete list of the reports available is provided at the bottom of this document. The codes used in the list are explained below. In many cases Library staff have used sources such as the Financial Post's Survey of Predecessor and Defunct Companies, to trace the history of the company and to identify name changes. Two sample entries are provided here:
- BOWES CO. LTD. 1949-50, 1953-55, 1957-59, 1962-71. All shares acquired by George Weston Ltd. in 1972.
- GEORGE WESTON. 1949-1978, 1987-
The entries also have codes in some instances and these codes indicate if any material other than an annual report is available.
- RR = Research Reports (miscellaneous items which may include IPOs and analysts' reports)
- FS = Filing Statement
- LS = Listing Statement
- M = Miscellaneous
- P = Prospectus
Canadian annual reports were also collected on microfiche. In addition there are some Canadian corporate annual reports that have been catalogued and which are typically found in the D.B. WELDON Library. For example, there are fairly long runs of annual reports for the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, among others. Additional reports will also be found in the massive microfiche collection produced by the Canadian Institute of Historical Microreproductions which is also housed in the Weldon Library. At this time an attempt is being made to identify all corporate annual reports so they can be brought together in one list.
We also have annual reports on fiche for American companies dating back to, in some cases, the late 1950s.
A complete list of our paper annual reports is provided below. The companies are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the appropriate link below to browse the list of reports.