Introducing Mergent Archives, A Historical Annual Report Database

Many of you already make excellent use of the Sheridan Libraries’ subscriptions to Mergent’s online databases for researching hard-to-find information such as:

  • Current and recent historical information on public and private businesses and industries (Mergent Online)
  • Detailed listings of corporate and municipal bonds (Mergent Bond Viewer)
  • Actual page views of Moody’s corporate and municipal organization directories back to the early 1900s (Mergent WebReports)

Now we’ve added a new piece to the puzzle:

Mergent Archives

Mergent Archives is a database of company-related documents, dating back to the 1800s for companies in existence that long, including:

  • Annual Reports (in full-color PDF format)
  • 10-K filings
  • Miscellaneous other documents

Major corporations use annual reports--attractive public relations documents to communicate directly with their shareholders--to provide insight on their mission, lines of business, products, growth, productivity, stability, performance, strengths, corporate structure, management, IP and relationships with other businesses. Company filings and annual reports are often the only sources of unique, valuable information on a specific business and concisely capture a company’s situation at a given point in time.

[For more information about annual reports and corporate filings and where to find them, visit the Business Research Guide's "Annual Reports, Company Filings" page.]

Want to look inside The Coca-Cola Company’s 1922 annual report to find out how the company did that year?

Or browse through a facsimile image of The General Electric Company’s Nela Park (The University of Light) brochure from 1900?

You'll find these rarities and much more with the database's user-friendly search engine.  So take Mergent Archives for a spin, whether to locate elusive, fact-filled documents for your research or just to satisfy your curiosity.

About Alan Zuckerman

Librarian for Business.

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