Baker Library, Harvard Business School

11 04 2011

Last week, I did some research at the Baker Library at the Harvard Business School. In this photo of the HBS campus, you can see the spire of the Baker Library.

My experience using archival material in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room was great. The archivists there were very helpful. I was at the Baker Library to research the origins of credit reporting in Canada. Today, we take the existence of credit-rating agencies such as Experian for granted, but they were new in the 1850s and 1860s, the period I am really interested in. The Baker Library has a wonderful collection of records relating to R.G. Dun, an early credit reporting firm.

I`ll say more about research on credit-rating in the Province of Canada in a future blog post. Right now I would just like to thank that staff and the business history unit within HBS, which generously provided me with a Chandler travel fellowship.


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