Selected Corporate Annual Reports Available at the Library of Congress
Corporate annual reports are an important research tool, providing a window into how a company presents itself to its investors and the public and explains its corporate performance at a particular point in time. They allow the researcher to analyze a company's performance in light of its corporate strategies and to compare its performance to that of its competition. Reporting requirements vary by country but such reports typically contain information on financial highlights; balance sheets; profit and loss statements; new business; projections; outstanding shares of stock and information on Board Members.
The sources listed below may be useful in identifying corporate annual reports available for use at the Library of Congress.
Business Reference Services, Library of Congress
Selected Corporate Annual Reports on Microfiche, 1975-1983
Selected Pre-1974 Corporate Annual Reports on Microfiche
Selected Financial Reports of Foreign Companies on Microfiche
SEC file: Microfiche Database of Corporate Annual Reports and U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Documents
Issued by Q-File, this microfiche set of documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the fiscal years 1978-1997, is available in the Business Reference Alcove and accessible through print indexes. Holdings for many companies do not cover the complete date range or necessarily include all documents filed.
EDGAR U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Since the mid-1990's most domestic corporate filings, including required annual 10K reports, have been filed electronically with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and can be searched and viewed online using EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, maintained by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Annual Reports in the Library of Congress General Collections
Other corporate annual reports available at the Library of Congress include print copies of selected corporate reports to shareholders dated prior to 1960. To identify companies for which reports are available, search the Library's online catalog by company name. Selected corporate reports are also available in the following subscription databases available to patrons on-site at the Library of Congress.
Includes selected Annual Reports for U.S. and foreign companies, some dating back to 1925. Some SEC filings are also included beginning in the early 1990's.
LexisNexis Library Express
Coverage varies, but includes some SEC filings back to the late 1980's. Select Companies, and then SEC filings.
Includes SEC filings and US annual reports for over 15,000 public U.S. companies, as well as international company data including annual reports for approximately 17,000 companies. Dates of coverage vary but generally do not include reports prior to 1996.
ProQuest Historical Annual Reports
Includes reports from over 800 leading North American companies and contains digital reproductions for more than 43,000 reports. Dates vary by company and cover the period 1884 to the present.
Includes annual reports and/or data on over 4000 publicly-traded companies in Japan and approximately 6000 in East Asia. In Japanese and English.
SEC documents prior to 1996
To locate SEC documents prior to 1996 which are not available in any of the sources above, patrons may contact the Securities and Exchange Commission directly following the instructions near the bottom of the SEC's Public Documents web page.
Annual Reports at Academic Business Libraries. Purdue University Libraries
This database presents a merged list of the corporate annual reports held at twelve university libraries and can be searched by keyword or by university.
Columbia Historical Corporate Reports Online Collection
Patrons seeking annual reports for companies which operated in the New York City area may also be interested in this digital collection at Columbia University Libraries, which includes approximately 770 corporate reports issued between the 1850's and the early 1960's, representing 36 companies.
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Last updated: 05/20/2015