Columbia Historical Corporate Annual Reports: Annual Reports

A unique collection of Historical Corporate Annual Reports.

Annual Reports

Annual reports are provided only if the company chooses to file them with the SEC

The 4,482 corporations whose reports comprise the collection represent most of the industries that were instrumental in the creation of early industrialized America including:

  • mining
  • forest products
  • industrial machinery
  • electrical power
  • agriculture
  • food processing
  • metals manufacturing
  • oil & gas
  • textiles
  • chemicals
  • pharmaceuticals
  • communications
  • transportation
  • retail & wholesale trades
  • water utilities
  • beverages
  • insurance
  • financial services
  • publishing
  • building or construction


Online Resources

  • Bloomberg::

Available in Watson Library of Business & Economics. Search by company name or ticker symbol

Current non-Business School affiliates can use the Capital IQ at one of teh four designated terminals in the library. Business School students and faculty must request individual accounts. Access to this resources is restricted to CURRENT Columbia University affiliates

For a selected collection of digitized annual reports for New York city companies, consult the Columbia Historical Corporate Reports Online Collection

Database offers corporate annual reports for U.S. companies from 1884 to the present. Key data (financial, Fortune 500 ranking, industry classification, key people, geographic location, auditor, and related companies) are indexed in the citation and can be searched. Reports can be browsed by company name, industry or date

Thomson ONE contains real-time and historical SEC EDGAR filings, scanned images of company annual reports and foreign exchange filings


The Non-Digital Collection

All reports are housed in Columbia University Libraries'  off-site facility. To request a report:

1. Open Excel finding aid and find the company in the list
2. Write down the barcode associated with the company
3. Call or visit the Business and Economics Library to request the report from off-site [barcode is needed]* Telephone: (212) 854-7804 or e-mail

*Reports must be requested in advance and be used in the library.

Please note that access policies for Columbia University Libraries differ see: Accessing the Libraries