February 24, 2022 by Ellen Terrell
Given its underlying business themes, The Gilded Age, which premiered on HBO in January 2022, quickly caught my attention.
The show’s first season, which is set in 1882 in the rapidly changing New York City landscape, revolves around the clash between the mores of old New York society and the emerging world of newly rich industrialists and financiers.
The show’s title, Gilded Age, references the period in American history from approximately 1870-1900, but where did the phrase itself come from, and what is so special about this time in American history?
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Source: American Business History in “The Gilded Age” | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business
January 10, 2022 by Natalie Burclaff
The Science, Technology & Business Division is excited to announce the digital collection of Dun’s Reference Book from 1900 to 1924!
In the Business Reference Section, about 20% of the questions we receive are related to locating information on historical businesses. We use a lot of resources to answer these questions: historical newspapers, city directories and telephone books, industry lists, and insurance maps. One useful resource in our tool belt is the Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book, a credit directory, which is why we are thrilled that the volumes from 1900 to 1924 are now available online!
For those who are unfamiliar with this title, it was published starting in 1859 by the Mercantile Agency, part of R.G. Dun & Company. Dun merged with Bradstreet in 1933 and they continued producing these volumes until 2006.
Unlike other kinds of directories, which are often focused on a particular metropolitan area or type of industry, Dun’s Reference Book collection has national coverage and includes “merchants, manufacturers, and traders” in a wide range of industries from the largest cities to the smallest towns across the United States and Canada.
Source: New to the Digital Collections: Dun & Bradstreet | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business