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U.S. Business History: Historical Directories

Moody's Manuals

The first guide to publicly-traded companies in the U.S., Moody's Manual of Industrial and Miscellaneous Securities was published in 1900. Moody's (now Mergent Online Rutgers-restricted) has continued to publish sector-focused annual directories to the present day. Entries include histories as well as annual financial data and news for each company. Collectively the manuals provide a year by year financial and historical record for public companies in the U.S.

The Rutgers Dana Library in Newark has most of these directories in print format. In addition the Carr Library on the Livingston Campus has most of the manuals (beginning with 1909) on microfiche as part of their Periodicals collection.

NEW The historical volumes of these Mergent/Moody's Manuals are now available online on Mergent Archives. (Rutgers-restricted Access)

Note: Due to title variants within series, titles as reported by different libraries may not correspond exactly.

General:

  • Moody's Manual of Industrial and Miscellaneous Securities DANA 1900: HG4961 .M7 1900
  • Moody's Manual of Corporation Securities DANA: 1901-1904: HG4961 .M7
  • Moody's Manual of Railroads and Corporation Securities DANA: 1905, 1912, 1914: HG4961 .M7

Railroads and Transportation:

  • Moody's Analyses of Railroad Investments DANA 1913-1923: HG4961 .M7; CARR 1909-1910; 1912; 1913-1919; 1920; 1921-1925: FCHPER Shelved With Moody's Transportation Manual
  • Moody's Manual of Railroads and Corporation Securities: Railroad Section DANA 1914-1918: HG4961 .M7
  • Moody's Analyses of Railroad Securities DANA 1924-1951: HG4961 .M7; CARR 1926-1951: FCHPER Shelved With Moody's Transportation Manual
  • Moody's Transportation Manual DANA 1952-2002: HG4961 .M77; CAMDEN 1955-2000 [With Gaps]: HG4961 .M714; CARR 1955-2002: FCHPER Shelved by Title; 1986-1996, 1998-2001: REF HG4961 .M74

    Note: In 2003 title changed to Mergent Public Utility & Transportation Manual

Industrials:

  • Moody's Manual of Railroads and Corporate Securities: Industry and Public Utility Section DANA 1914-1916: HG4961 .M7
  • Moody's Analyses of Public Utilities and Industrials DANA 1914-1919: HG4961 .M7; CARR 1914-1919: FCHPER Shelved with Moody's Public Utility Manual
  • Moody's Manual of Railroads and Corporate Securities: Industrial Section DANA 1918-1919: HG4961 .M7
  • Moody's Industrials DANA 1920-1955: HG4961 .M7
  • Moody's Industrial Manual DANA 1956- : HG4961 .M72; CAMDEN 1955-1962; 1964-2000; CARR 1954- : FCHPER Shelved by Title; 1989-2001: REF HG4961 .M67
  • Moody's OTC Industrial Manual DANA 1970- : HG4961 .M74; CAMDEN 1975-2000 [With Gaps]: HG4961 .M7237; CARR 1980-2000 [With Gaps]: REF HG4961 .M671

Public Utilities:

  • Moody's Manual of Railroads and Corporate Securities: Industry and Public Utility Section DANA 1914-1916: HG4961 .M7
  • Moody's Manual of Railroads and Corporate Securities: Public Utility Section DANA 1917-1919: HG4961 .M7
  • Moody's Analyses of Public Utilities and Industrials DANA 1914-1919: HG4961 .M7; CARR 1914-1919: FCHPER Shelved with Moody's Public Utility Manual
  • Moody's Public Utility Investments DANA 1920-1953: HG4961 .M7; CARR 1928-1953: FCHPER Shelved with Moody's Public Utility Manual
  • Moody's Public Utility Manual DANA 1954-2002 : HG4961 .M75; CAMDEN 1955-2000: HG4961 .M713; CARR 1954-2002: FCHPER Shelved by Title; 1986, 1993-1998; 2001: REF HG4961 .M7245
    Note: In 2003 title changed to Mergent Public Utility & Transportation Manual

Banks and Finance:

  • Moody's Manual of Banks and Finance DANA 1928-1954: HG4961 .M7; CARR 1928-1954: FCHPER Shelved with Moody's Bank and Finance Manual
  • Moody's Bank and Finance Manual DANA 1955- : HG4961 .M71; CAMDEN 1955-1961, 1964-2000: HG4961 .M65; CARR 1955- : FCHPER Shelved by Title; 1986, 1993-1998; 2001: REF HG4961 .M65

Government:

  • Moody's Analyses of Government and Municipals DANA 1918-1954: HG4961 .M7; CARR 1919-1920: FCHPER Shelved with Moody's Municipal & Government Manual
  • Moody's Municipal and Government Manual DANA 1955- : HG4961 .M73; CAMDEN 1955-1986 [With Gaps]: HG4961 .M712; CARR 1955-1985, 1987- : FCHPER Shelved by Title; 1986-2001: REF HG4931 .M58

Newark Public Library

The Newark Public Library also holds a variety of trade and business directories, including industrial directories covering New Jersey from 1913 to present.

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