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The History of Accounting

March 2015

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The People & Firms
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LC Catalog Searches

Image (left): Accountant's Office [between 1910 and 1920]
National Photo Company Collection
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

Delivering over 6,800 journals on diverse topics. Includes: Accountancy, Accountancy Ireland, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accountancy, Auditing, Journal of Accounting and Auditing, and many others.

Applied Science and Business Retrospective (EBSCO)

This is a citation only databases and is a resource for seven decades of articles on the most important events, issues and trends in the history of business and industry (including the complete file of the Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957). Coverage: 1913-1983.

Business Source Complete (EBSCO)

Provides bibliographic and full text content for thousands of the most important scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications covering all disciplines of business, including accounting.

Emerald Library (Emerald Group Publishing)

Includes books and journals in a variety of subjects. The introductory search page is broken down by broad subject, including Accounting & Finance. Journals include: Journal of Applied Accounting Research, Journal of Financial Crime, Managerial Auditing Journal, Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, etc. Book series include: Advances in Public Interest Accounting, Advances in Accounting Education, Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, Studies in Managerial and Financial Accounting, etc.


This database is a collection of full-text, keyword-searchable academic journals dating back to the late 17th century. It includes many general business titles including Business History Review (1954-2008) as well as a few accounting specific titles like The Accounting Historians Journal (1974-2010), The Accounting Review (1926-2008), and the Journal of Accounting Research (1963-2008).

Making of the Modern World, Part I and Part 2 (Gale Cengage)
Part I (1450-1850)
Part II (1851-1914)

Provides digital facsimile images of unique primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Full-text searching across millions of pages of works. Includes reproductions of: Summa de arithmetica geometria: proportioni: et proportionalita: Nouamente impressa by Pacioli, Nieuwe instructie ende bewijs der looffelijcker consten des rekenboecks/ ende rekeninghe te houdene nae die Italiaensche maniere by Christoffels, The merchants mirrour- Or, directions for the perfect ordering and keeping of his accounts by Dafforne, and Consvetvdo, vel lex mercatoria, or The Ancient Law-merchant. Divided into three parts: According to the essentiall parts of trafficke by Malynes.

ProQuest Accounting & Tax (ProQuest)

Includes citations and articles from over 2,300 global and scholarly journals. Also includes citations to: dissertations & theses, conference proceedings, standards & practice guidelines, reports, etc. Coverage: 1905 - Current.

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LC Catalog Searches

Additional works on the subject of accounting in the Library of Congress may be identified by searching the Online Catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings. Choose the topics you wish to search from the following list of Library of Congress subject headings to link directly to the Catalog and automatically execute a search for the subject selected. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog. For assistance in locating the many other subject headings which relate to this topic, please consult a reference librarian.

Other related history titles that are specific to industries, functions, etc. can be found by doing a BROWSE - SUBJECTS CONTAINING search using the words accounting or auditing with the word history. For assistance in locating other subject headings which relate to this subject, please consult a reference librarian.

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