The International Business Archives Handbook provides up-to-date information and guidance on key issues relating to the understanding and management of the historical records of businesses.
Key features include:
• Chapter contributions from a range of experts in their respective fields.
• Content covering business archive and business history initiatives around the world.
• Practical advice combined with thought-provoking discussion on issues hitherto little addressed.
• Useful quick-reference tables, global case study examples and further reading suggestions.
The handbook is an invaluable guide for students, archive professionals and business historians alike. It is also an important reference tool for business professionals involved in information management more generally.
Published book reviews:
"The International Business Archives Handbook is a one-stop-shop for those seeking advice and guidance on managing, processing and showcasing business archives. Broken down into four parts and 13 chapters, the volume successfully maintains a pragmatic approach throughout, drawing on the experiences of both business archivists and business historians to provide a comprehensive overview of the business archive sector in a global context. This practical approach is further complemented by the inclusion of case studies and information tables, which allow the reader to quickly locate information required as needed, or sit down for a more thorough perusal. The handbook has been constructed in such a way that it will be of use to anyone working in the business archive sector, regardless of their skillset [….] An international theme is prevalent throughout the book."
Karyn Williamson, book review in Archives and Records
“This book contains the wisdom of some of the world’s best specialists in the field of business archives. They have arduously assembled a wealth of information which makes it easy to set up a new business archive and to nurture it to becoming a useful asset for its sponsors. This book should be compulsory reading not only for archivists but also for business leaders who are interested in managing the continuity of their businesses.”
Alexander L. Bieri, Chair, Section on Business Archives, International Council on Archives
“Business archivists are unsung heroes. They are the guardians of the secrets of how capitalist enterprises in the past have driven innovation and created wealth. This impressive volume brings together both professional archivists and business historians to provide a robust and compelling intellectual foundation for the successful management of business archives in the digital age.”
Geoffrey Jones, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, USA
"This ambitious book fills an important gap in the archival literature, starting with context-setting essays and moving through both academic analyses and pragmatic advice on the fundamentals of managing business archives. The editor and authors are to be congratulated for providing the most in-depth examination of business archives issues in decades – perhaps ever. Students, experienced practitioners, and business executives considering an investment in business archives should consider this book a ‘must read.’
Elizabeth Adkins, Former President of the Society of American Archivists
“The book brings together practical and stimulating contributions from leading business archivists and business historians. In its breadth of scope and coverage, it will undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the nature and context of business archives, their management and their use.”
Michael Anson, Chair, Business Archives Council, UK
“This volume helps fill a 20-year gap in the professional archival literature related to business archives. Of equal importance, however, it provides lessons learned and best practices for archives of all types. All too often, business archivists find themselves talking to one another. With this volume, the conversation should expand to archivists of all types on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Gregory S. Hunter, Long Island University, USA; Editor-in-Chief, The American Archivist
"As reputations have become the most important corporate asset, business archives have become the tangible legacy of public trust. This volume brings together historians and archivists to show how to get value from corporate records. A practical guide on these invaluable resources, this handbook helps business executives better manage the future by leveraging their past."
Christopher McKenna, Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK
Part I: Business archives in context
1. An introduction to business archives Katey Logan
2. The development of international business Roy Edwards and Kevin Tennent
3. Changes in office technology John Orbell
Part II: The nature of business records
4. Understanding core business records Michael Moss
5. Understanding industry–specific business records Lesley Richmond
Part III: Managing business archives
6. Organisation and objectives Jeannette Strickland
7. Acquisition, appraisal, arrangement and description Richard Wiltshire
8. Preservation Alison Turton
9. Access Alison Turton
10. Digital business archives William Kilbride, James Mortlock and Tina Staples
11. Managing risk Sara Kinsey
Part IV: Using business archives
12. Advocacy, outreach and the corporate archivist Paul C. Lasewicz
13. The business history discipline Leslie Hannah