Business History Resources

AASLH Resources

AASLH Business History Affinity Group, Statement on the Obligations of Corporations to Preserve History with Regard to Acquisitions. Download Resource.

Corporate Museums in the United States, by Keri Koehler, Former Archive Manager, Wells Fargo and Company. Download Resource.


Blake, James K. “How To Make a Company Museum Pay Off.” Modern Industry (December 1953): 55-57, 163.

Buchanan, Leigh. “Public Displays of Affection.” Inc. 22, no.11 (2000): 114- 124.

Coleman, Laurence Vail. Company Museums. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 1943.

—–. The Museum in America: A Critical Study. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 1939.

Danilov, Victor J. A Planning Guide for Corporate Museums, Galleries and Visitor Centers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992.

—–. Corporate Museums, Galleries, and Visitor Centers: a Directory. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.

—–. “The New Thrust of Corporate Museums.” Museum News (June 1986): 37-47.

Gelbert, Doug. Company Museums, Industry Museums, and Industrial Tours: A Guidebook of Sites in the United States That Are Open to the Public. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1994.

Glynn, James E. “A Museum Takes To Wheels.” Public Relations Journal (January 1970): 14-17.

Gordon, Mitchell. “Company Attics: More Firms Delve into Past, Set up Museums to Bolster Prestige.” The Wall Street Journal, July 23, 1956.

Griffiths, J. “In Good Company? What’s the Point of Corporate Museums?” Museums Journal 10 (1991): 35-38.

Hubbard, Clarence T. “Why a Company Museum?” Advertising and Sales Promotion (January 1968): 40a-40b.

Kelley, Etna M. “Company Museums.” Advertising and Sales Promotion (August 1962): 22-27.

King, Richard L. “The Corporation as History.” Special Libraries 60, no. 4 (1969): 203-206.

Kinni, Theodore B. “With an Eye to the Past: Transmitting the Corporate Memory.” Corporate University Review 7, no. 1 (Jan/Feb 1999): 24- 27.

Kraus, Amanda. “The Emergence of the Corporate Museum.” Museum News 79, no. 4 (July/August 2000): 40-45, 66.

—–. “Spirit of the Age? Ford Closes Corporate Museum.” Museum News 80, no. 5 (September/October 2001): 60-62.

Kuzela, Lad. “Taking Up Collections Takes a New Twist.” Industry Week (October 5, 1981): 90-96.

Larson, Henrietta M. “Business Men as Collectors” Bulletin of the Business Historical Society (1944): 162-170.

McCarthy, Michael J. “New ‘Pop Art’ Museum Promotes Coke” The Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), August 2, 1990.

Mintz, Ann. “That’s Edutainment” Museum News 73 (November/December 1994): 32-35.

National Industrial Conference Board, Inc. “The Company Looks Backward.” Business Record (February 1959): 1-5.

Nissley, Nick & Casey, Andrea. “The Politics of the Exhibition: Viewing Corporate Museums Through the Paradigmatic Lens of Organizational Memory.” British Journal of Management 13, no. 2 (Sept. 2002): 35-45.

Pine II, B. Joseph and James H. Gilmore. “Welcome to the Experience Economy.” Harvard Business Review (July/August 1998): 97-105.

Quintanilla, Carl, “Planning a Vacation? Give Some Thought to Spamtwon USA—Corporate Museums Attract Growing Crowds; Wow, Look at That Combine!” The Wall Street Journal, April 30, 1998.

Richards, Charles R. The Industrial Museum. New York, NY: Macmillan Company, 1925.

Shayt, David. “Problems and Solutions of a Company Museum.” Curator 2, no. 21 (1978): 168-173.

Spielvogel, Carl. “Gratifying Public Response Encourages the Establishment of Company Museums.” New York Times, April 1, 1956.

“Tureens, Old Money, Whisky-Boon in Company Museums.” U.S. News & World Report, March 5, 1973.

Wizniuk, Anita, “Documenting Corporate History: Thriving or Barely Surviving.” History News 56, no.1 (Winter 2001): 13-16.