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   Marvyn Scudder Collection of Corporate Documents, 1827-1950s

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marvyn Scudder Collection of Corporate Documents; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Marvyn Scudder, the editor of the Marvyn Scudder Manual of Extinct and Obsolete Companies and the country's most famous stock detective, donated the collection to Columbia in 1921. The collection contains more than 3,000,000 pages of documentary material on thousands of United States and foreign corporations. Although there is a small number of annual reports in the collection, reports from almost 5000 companies are available in the complementary collection of Historical Corporate Annual Reports available from Columbia University's Watson Library of Business and Economics.

At a Glance

Bib ID:7229539 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Scudder, Marvyn, 1876-1935, collector
Title:Marvyn Scudder Collection of Corporate Documents, 1827-1950s
Physical description:514 linear ft. (411 record storage cartons).
Language(s):In English
Access: The finding aid for the Marvyn Scudder Collection of Corporate Documents lists only the first and last company in each box, but Columbia University's Watson Library of Business and Economics maintains a 48-drawer card catalog in a separate room that lists every company in the collection. Patrons who wish to consult the card catalog for the Scudder Collection should request access to that catalog specifically from the Watson Library reference desk. The Watson Library website also provides access to a spreadsheet of a complete list of every report in the Historical Corporate Annual Reports collection, as well as a two-drawer card catalog of the same reports. Patrons who wish to consult the card catalog for Historical Annual Reports should request it at the Watson Library reference desk. (Be advised that because of Mr. Scudder’s fame, this catalog is sometimes confusingly also known as the “Scudder Annual Reports” card catalog.) This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by corporate name.

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Description

Scope and Content

Includes communications to shareholders, indentures, prospectuses, reorganization plans, annual reports, and other corporate instruments dating from 1827.

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

The finding aid for the Marvyn Scudder Collection of Corporate Documents lists only the first and last company in each box, but Columbia University's Watson Library of Business and Economics maintains a 48-drawer card catalog in a separate room that lists every company in the collection. Patrons who wish to consult the card catalog for the Scudder Collection should request access to that catalog specifically from the Watson Library reference desk.

The Watson Library website also provides access to a spreadsheet of a complete list of every report in the Historical Corporate Annual Reports collection, as well as a two-drawer card catalog of the same reports. Patrons who wish to consult the card catalog for Historical Annual Reports should request it at the Watson Library reference desk. (Be advised that because of Mr. Scudder’s fame, this catalog is sometimes confusingly also known as the “Scudder Annual Reports” card catalog.)

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marvyn Scudder Collection of Corporate Documents; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material-- at Columbia

Scudder Corporate Annual Reports

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Finding aid published 7/7/2009 pl

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 11, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-07-11 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Business history.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corporations--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mineral industries--Finance.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Railroads--History.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scudder, Marvyn, 1876-1935.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Begun in 1885 by Moses L. Scudder, head of the Investor's Agency in New York, the collection was inherited by Marvyn Scudder, editor of the "Marvyn Scudder Manual of Extinct and Obsolete Companies" and the country's most famous stock detective. He gave the collection to the Business Library in 1921. Particularly strong in documents from railroads, mining companies and New York City real estate companies, the Scudder Collection has a complete file of material on the Union Pacific Railroad that includes the original offering statements.

The Marvyn Scudder Collection of corporate documents is believed to be the largest of its kind with more than 3,000,000 pages of documentary material on the financial history and organization of thousands of United States and foreign corporations.

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