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(Nebraska), Eric C. Thompson and William B. Walstad (2008). Entrepreneurship in Nebraska: Conditions, Attitudes, and Actions. (New York, NY: Gallup Press, 196 p.). Entrepreneurship--Nebraska. Role of entrepreneurs in Nebraska's economy; business, economic conditions that affect start-ups in both short, long run; attitudes of small business owners, general public in different parts of state about starting a business, entrepreneurship education, economic development, business transition, succession; actions to maintain state's dynamic economy to foster growth, job creation, expanded wealth, philanthropy.

(New England), John Garner (1984). The Model Company Town: Urban Design Through Private Enterprise in Nineteenth-Century New England. (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 288 p.). Company towns --New England --History --19th century; Company towns --New England --History --19th century --Case studies; City planning --New England --History --19th century; City planning --New England --History --19th century --Case studies; City planning --Massachusetts --Hopedale --History --19th century.

(New England), Barry Levy (2009). Town Born: The Political Economy of New England from Its Founding to the Revolution. (Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania Press, 354 p.). Professor of History(University of Massachusetts, Amherst).Cities and towns -- New England -- History; Land settlement -- New England -- History; Power (Social sciences) -- New England -- History; City and town life -- New England -- History; New England -- Economic conditions; New England -- Politics and government -- To 1775; New England -- Social conditions. Town-centered political economy of New England; settlers, their descendants did most work themselves; distinctive, far more egalitarian order consequence of its innovative system of governance (nearly all land under control of several hundred self-governing town meetings used to organize, force, reconcile laborers, families, and entrepreneurs into profitable export economies; protected value of local labor, persistently excluded outsiders, privileged the town born); labor earned respect, relative equity ruled, workers exercised political power despite doing most arduous tasks, burdens of work absorbed by citizens themselves.

(New England), Eds. Peter Temin (2000). Engines of Enterprise: An Economic History of New England. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 328 p.). Elisha Gray II Professor of Economics (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). New England -- Economic conditions. New England led United States in transformation from agrarian to industrial economy, reinvented in complex economy of information society; transformation of New England's products, exports from cotton textiles, machine tools to education,  software.

(New England), Mark Valeri (2010). Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 354 p.). Ernest Trice Thompson Professor of Church History (Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Virginia). Puritans --Doctrines --History --17th century; Puritans --Doctrines --History --18th century; Puritans --Influence; Business --Religious aspects --Christianity; United States --Religion --To 1800. Moral conviction, commercial culture in early New England; religion's role in creation of market economy in early America; economic culture of New England; how four generations of Boston merchants built modern form of exchange out of profound transitions in puritan understanding of discipline, providence, meaning of New England; how Boston ministers reconstituted their moral languages over course of century; how changing ideas about what it meant to be pious, puritan informed business practices of Boston's merchants.

(New Jersey), Michael Pellegrino (2009). Jersey Brew: The Story of Beer in New Jersey. (Denville, NJ:  Lake Neepaulin Pub., 160 p.). Lawyer. Beer--history--New Jersey. Turbulent history of beer industry in Garden State — from earliest breweries to those still brewing craft beers to today; early settlers imbibed simply because water wasn't safe to drink, because a lack of TV and Internet left little else to do besides hang out at local pub; how New Jersey became one of key players in nation's beer-production industry (Newark's Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company was first to sell beer in cans in 1935); illicit methods employed by crafty mobsters to beat oppressive rules, restrictions of Prohibition.

(New Jersey - Atlantic City), Ed. Leo B. Schoffer (2009). A Dream, a Journey, a Community: A Nostalgic Look at Jewish Businesses in and Around Atlantic City. (Margate, NJ: ComteQ Pub., 186 p.). Atlantic City, NJ--history; Business enterprises --Atlantic City, NJ. Jewish businesses that once lined Boardwalk, avenues from Oriental to Arctic from 1900-1970; vanished due to changing resort economy, national business marketplace.

(New Jersey - Atlantic City), Eds. Brian J. Tyrrell, Israel Posner (2009). Casino Gaming in Atlantic City: A Thirty Year Retrospective. (Margate, NJ  ComteQ Pub.,    p.). Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management (Richard Stockton College); Executive Director of the Stockton Institute for Gaming Management (Richard Stockton College). Casinos--New Jersey--History; Gambling--New Jersey--history. How Atlantic City casino industry has evolved over three decades, its contribution to region’s economic development; 1976 - New Jersey referendum legalized casino gambling (rejected in 1974);  May 26, 1978 - Resorts International opened as first casino in Atlantic City; gaming industry created tens of thousands of jobs, spurred billions of dollars in investment, huge source of tax revenue benefited entire state.

(New York - Buffalo), Michael F. Rizzo (2007). Nine Nine Eight: The Glory Days of Buffalo Shopping. (Morrisville, NC:, 172 p.). Retailing -- History -- Buffalo, New York; shopping; chain stores -- history. History of great retailers that once dotted main streets of Buffalo, NY; from early days of city to bankruptcy, sale of every major local retailer.

(New York - New York City), Tom Shachtman (1997). Around the Block: The Business of a Neighborhood. (New York, NY: Harcourt Brace, 325 p.). Small business--Social aspects--New York (State)--New York--Case studies; Neighborhood--New York (State)--New York--Case studies; Chelsea (Manhattan, New York, NY).

(New York - New York City), Michael Indergaard (2003). Silicon Alley: The Rise and Fall of a New Media District. (New York, NY: Routledge, 256 p.). Associate Professor of Sociology (St. John's University). Internet industry--New York (State)--New York; High technology industries--New York (State)--New York; Internet; Electronic commerce.  

(New York - New York City), Thomas Kessner (2003). Capital City: New York City and the Men Behind America’s Rise to Economic Dominance, 1860-1900. (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 396 p.). Professor of History at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Corporations--New York (State)--History--19th century; Capitalism--New York (State)--History--19th century; Capitalists and financiers--New York (State)--New York; New York (N.Y.)--Economic conditions--19th century; New York (N.Y.)--History--19th century. How an undistinguished port city rose to become center of finance in United States; how Morgan, Carnegie, Rockefeller, colleagues transformed New York, and changed the nation.

(New York - New York City), Elizabeth Currid (2007). The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, and Music Drive New York City. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 258 p.). Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Cultural industries--New York (State)--New York; Popular culture--Economic aspects--New York (State)--New York; New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs. Creative industries drive economy of New York as much as finance, real estate, law;  fueled by social life of clubs, galleries, music venues, fashion shows where creative people meet, network, exchange ideas, pass judgments, set trends that shape popular culture.

May 4, 2008 - Business History Museums in upstate New York:


#1 - Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY - world's largest collection of contemporary, historical glass); #4 - Jell-O Gallery (Le  Roy, NY); #5 - Museum of Cheese (Rome, NY); #6 - The Original American Kazoo Factory and Museum (Eden, NY); #7 - Remington Firearms Plant and Museum (Ilion, NY - firearms from early 1800s to present); #8 - Slate Valley Museum (Granville, NY - how slate is formed).

(New York - New York City), James T. Murray and Karla L. Murray (2009). Storefront: The Disappearing Face of New York City. (Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press, 336 p.). New York (N.Y.) -- economic life and customs. Visual guide to New York City's "mom and pop" stores; powerful images capture neighborhood spirit, familiarity, comfort, warmth that these shops (reflection of New York's early immigrant population) once embodied.

(New York - New York City), Serena R. Zabin (2009). Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York. (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 205 p.). Associate Professor of History (Carleton College). New York (N.Y.) -- Economic conditions; New York (N.Y.) -- Economic conditions -- 18th century; New York (N.Y.) -- Commerce. 18th-century New Yorkers as Britons; history of New York culture, commerce in first two thirds of 18th century; seething culture existed at margins of British Empire; transience of city's people, goods, fortunes created notably fluid society; shifting imperial identity created new avenues for success, made success harder to define, demonstrate socially; ideal breeding ground for crime, conspiracy.

(New Zealand), Nigel Smith (2001). Heritage of Industry: Discovering New Zealand’s Industrial History. (Auckland, NZ: Reed Books, 258 p.). Industrial archaeology --New Zealand.

(New Zealand), Hazel Petrie (2006). Chiefs of Industry: Ma-ori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand. (Auckland, NZ: Auckland University Press, 336 p.). Postdoctoral fellow with the Mira Szaszy Research Centre for Maori and Pacific Economic Development (University of Auckland). Maori (New Zealand people) --Commerce --History --19th century; Maori (New Zealand people) --Economic conditions --19th century; Shipping --New Zealand --History --19th century; Flour industry --New Zealand --History --19th century; Business enterprises --New Zealand --History --19th century; Tauhokohoko. reo; New Zealand --Commerce --History --19th century; New Zealand --History --1840-1876. Entrepreneurial activity of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori in early colonial period (focus on coastal shipping,  flourmilling); 1840s-1850s - Maori were spectacularly successful; how such  society was able to develop capital-intensive investments, harness tribal ownership quickly, effectively to render commercial advantages; sudden decline in "golden age" of Maori enterprise (changing market conditions, land alienation).

(New Zealand), Paul Callaghan (2009). Wool to Weta: Transforming New Zealand's Culture and Economy. (Auckland, NZ: Auckland University Press, 176 p.). Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences (Victoria University of Wellington). New Zealand - Economic development. Competitiveness of New Zealand's current economy; need to switch from agriculture, tourism as economic backbone of country to potentially more prosperous emerging industries of science, technology, intellectual property; entrepreneurs creating successful science, technology-based businesses (Weta workshop, cinema special effects company; sustainable wealth, cultural change.

(New Zealand - Auckland), R. C. J. Stone (1973). Makers of Fortune: A Colonial Business Community and Its Fall. (Auckland, NZ: Auckland University Press, 240 p.). Auckland (N.Z.)--Commerce--History.

--- (1982). Young Logan Campbell. (Auckland, NZ: Auckland University Press, 287 p.). Campbell, John Logan, 1817-1912; Auckland (NZ)--Biography.

(New Zealand - Auckland), Sir James Fletcher (Afterword), Bronwyn Labrum, Gavin McLean, Hazel Petrie, RCJ Stone (Preface) (2006). City of Enterprise: Perspectives on Auckland Business. (Auckland, NZ: Auckland University Press, 264 p.). Stone: Professor Russell Stone, Emeritus Professor in History (University of Auckland) and is the pre-eminent historian of the history of Auckland; Petrie: Mira Szaszy Research Centre (University of Auckland); McLean: Senior Historian at New Zealand’s Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Auckland --City; Auckland -- Economic Development; New Zealand - Economic History. Auckland business history in context of New Zealand's economic growth.

(North Carolina), Albert N. Link (1995). A Generosity of Spirit: The Early History of the Research Triangle Park. (Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, 149 p.). Professor of Economics. Science and Technology Policy (UNC Greensboro). Research parks--North Carolina--History; Research institutes--North Carolina--History; Research, Industrial--North Carolina--History; Research Triangle Park (N.C.)--History.

--- (2002). From Seed to Harvest: The Growth of the Research Triangle Park. (Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, 278 p.). Professor of Economics. Science and Technology Policy (UNC Greensboro). Research parks--North Carolina--History.; Research institutes--North Carolina--History; Research, Industrial--North Carolina--History; Research Triangle Park (N.C.)--History.

(North Carolina), Allen Tullos (1989). Habits of Industry: White Culture and the Transformation of the Carolina Piedmont. (Chapel Hill, MA, University of North Carolina Press, 419 p.). Associate Professor of American Studies in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (Emory University). Industries --North Carolina --History; Families --North Carolina --History; Industries --South Carolina --History; Families --South Carolina --History; North Carolina --Economic conditions; North Carolina --Social conditions; South Carolina --Economic conditions; South Carolina --Social conditions.

(North Carolina - Charlotte), Edited by William Graves and Heather A. Smith (2010). Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of a New South City. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 310 p.). Associate Professors of Geography (University of North Carolina, Charlotte). Charlotte (N.C.) -- Economic conditions; Charlotte (N.C.) -- Social conditions; Social change -- North Carolina -- Charlotte; Urbanization -- North Carolina -- Charlotte; Globalization -- Social aspects -- North Carolina -- Charlotte; City and town life -- North Carolina -- Charlotte; Cities and towns -- Southern States -- Growth -- Case studies; Social change -- Southern States -- Case studies; Globalization -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- Growth -- Case studies. External forces of globalization, combined with city’s internal dynamics, reshaped local structures, landscapes, identities of southern place; nation's fifth largest metropolitan center: from "regional backwater" to globally ascendant city; banking industry, gentrification, boosterism, architecture, city planning, transit, public schools, NASCAR, African American and Latino communities.

(North Carolina - Charlotte), Rick Rothacker (2010). Banktown: The Rise and Struggles of Charlotte’s Big Banks. (Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 336 p.). Reporter (Charlotte Observer). Bank of America; Wachovia Corporation; Banks and banking --North Carolina --Charlotte; Financial crises --North Carolina --Charlotte. How financial crisis played out in Charlotte; how aftermath bruised economy, pride of one of New South's brightest skylines; crisis in Charlotte's Bank of America and Wachovia as sleep-deprived bankers analyzed $50 billion deal in less than 24 hours, Wachovia customers realized their adjustable rate mortgages resulted in higher monthly payments.

(North Dakota - Fargo, Moorhead), Carroll Engelhardt (2007). Gateway to the Northern Plains: Railroads and the Birth of Fargo and Moorhead. (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 384 p.). Professor Emeritus of History (Concordia College, Moorhead). Northern Pacific Railway Company --History; Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.) --History; Fargo (N.D.) --History --19th century; Moorhead (Minn.) --History --19th century; Fargo (N.D.) --Economic conditions --19th century; Moorhead (Minn.) --Economic conditions --19th century. How the small cities of plains have made their mark on country, American West; 1872 - Northern Pacific Railroad laid its first tracks across Red River of the North; brought settlers, capital, access to Eastern market, gave birth to twin cities of Moorhead and Fargo; railroad company provided land for public schools, churches to speed refinement of settlement; Northern Pacific Railway chose Fargo as its headquarters, became "Gateway City" to North Dakota.

(Ohio), Eugene C. Murdock (1988). The Buckeye Empire: An Illustrated History of Ohio Enterprise. (Northridge, CA: Windsor Publications, 320 p.). Industries --Ohio --History; Industries --Ohio --History --Pictorial works; Ohio --Economic conditions; Ohio --Economic conditions --Pictorial works. "Produced in cooperation with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

(Ohio), Anne Kelly Knowles (1997). Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 330 p.). Lecturer in Geography at the Institute of Earth Studies (University of Wales, Aberystwyth). Welsh Americans--Ohio--Ethnic identity--Case studies; Calvinists--Ohio--Case studies; Industrialization--Ohio--Jackson County--History--19th century; Industrialization--Ohio--Gallia County--History--19th century; Capitalism--Ohio--Jackson County--History--19th century; Capitalism--Ohio--Gallia County--History--19th century; Ohio--Historical geography--Case studies; Jackson County (Ohio)--Economic conditions; Gallia County (Ohio)--Economic conditions; Cardiganshire (Wales)--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century. Rural capitalist transformation, immigrants became involved with industrialization of region as workers, investors in Welsh-owned charcoal iron companies; how these strict Calvinists responded to moral dilemmas posed by leaving native land, experiencing economic success in United States. 

(Ohio), Kim M. Gruenwald (2002). River of Enterprise: The Commercial Origins of Regional Identity in the Ohio Valley, 1790-1850. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, p.). Regionalism--Ohio River Valley--History; Frontier and pioneer life--Ohio River Valley; Merchants--Ohio River Valley--History; Pioneers--Ohio River Valley--History; Woodbridge family; Merchants--Ohio--Marietta--Biography; Pioneers--Ohio--Marietta--Biography; Ohio River Valley--Social conditions; Ohio River Valley--Economic conditions; Ohio River Valley--Commerce--Social aspects--History.

(Ohio), Robert A. Musson (2005). Brewing Beer in the Buckeye State: A History of the Brewing Industry in Eastern Ohio from 1808 to 2004. (Medina, OH, Zepp Publications/Indiana Publishing Co.,   p.). Beer industry --Ohio --History; Breweries --Ohio --History.

(Ohio - Akron), Hugh Allen; with a foreword by Lloyd C. Douglas (1949). Rubber's Home Town, The Real-Life Story of Akron. (New York, NY: Stratford House, 265 p.). Akron (Ohio)--History. 

(Ohio - Akron), Robert A. Musson (1997). Brewing Beer in the Rubber City: A History of Akron’s Brewing Industry from 1845 to 1997. (Akron, OH, R.A. Musson, 265 p.). Breweries --Ohio --Akron --History.

(Ohio - Cincinnati), Timothy J. Holian (2000). Over the Barrel: The Brewing History and Beer Culture of Cincinnati, 1800 to the Present. (St. Joseph, MO : Sudhaus Press, St. Joseph, MO : Sudhaus Press,   p.). Beer industry --Ohio --Cincinnati --History; Breweries --Ohio --Cincinnati --History.

(Ohio - Cleveland), Robert A. Musson (2005). Brewing in Cleveland. (Charleston, SC Arcadia, 128 p.). Brewing industry --Ohio --Cleveland --History --Pictorial works; Beer industry --Ohio --Cleveland --History --Pictorial works; Breweries --Ohio --Cleveland --History --Pictorial works; Cleveland (Ohio) --History.

(Ohio - Middletown), Roger l. Miller, George C. Crout. (2000). Middletown, Ohio: The Steel City. (Chicago, IL g: Arcadia Publishing, 128 p.). Ohio--Middletown--history; American Rolling Mill Co.--Middletown--history; Verity, George Matthew, 1865-.

(Ohio - Youngstown), Sean Safford (2009). Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown: The Transformation of the Rust Belt. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 158 p.). Assistant Professor of Organizations and Markets at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. Industries --Ohio --Youngstown; Industries --Pennsylvania --Allentown; Deindustrialization --Ohio --Youngstown --History; Youngstown (Ohio) --Economic conditions; Allentown (Pa.) --Economic conditions. Economic revitalization of Allentown, PA compared to economic decline Youngstown, OH - structure of social networks among cities' economic, political, civic leaders account for divergent trajectories of post-industrial regions, explain decline, fall, unlikely rejuvenation of Rust Belt; power of social networks to shape action, determine access to, control over information and resources; contexts in which problems are viewed, enable collective action in face of externally generated crises; present-day policy prescriptions.

(Oklahoma -  Tulsa), James O. Kemm (2004). Tulsa: Oil Capital of the World. (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 128 p.). Petroleum industry and trade--Oklahoma--Tulsa--History--20th century--Pictorial works; Oil fields--Oklahoma--Tulsa--History--20th century--Pictorial works; Tulsa (Okla.)--History--20th century--Pictorial works; Tulsa (Okla.)--Economic conditions--20th century--Pictorial works. 1905 - gusher of "black gold" sprang up at Glenn Pool, southwest of Tulsa, two years before Oklahoma became a state; first major oil field in Oklahoma.

(Oregon), Gordon B. Dodds, Craig E. Wollner (1990). The Silicon Forest: High Tech in the Portland Area 1945 to 1986. (Portland, OR: Oregon Historical Society, 226 p.). High technology industries--Oregon--Portland Region--History.

(Oregon), William G. Robbins; foreword by William Cronon (1997). Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800-1940. (Seattle : University of Washington Press: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 392 p.). Oregon --Environmental conditions --History. Advent of Industrialism, 1850-1890; extending of Industrial Infrastructure, 1890-1940.

--- (2004). Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000. (Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 414 p.). Oregon --Environmental conditions --History.

(Pennsylvania), Thomas Dublin and Walter Licht (2005). The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press,, 277 p.). Professor of History, Binghamton University (State University of New York); Professor of History (University of Pennsylvania). Anthracite coal industry--Pennsylvania--History--20th century; Coal miners--Pennsylvania--History--20th century; Pennsylvania--Economic conditions--20th century. Impact of enduring economic decline across wide region, focus especially on small group of mining communities in region’s Panther Valley.

(Pennsylvania), Barbara L. Jones with Edward K. Muller and Joel A. Tarr (2006). Born of Fire: The Valley of Work: Industrial Scenes of Southwestern Pennsylvania. (Greensburg, PA: Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 160 p.). Industries in art; Steel industry and trade in art; Art, American --Pennsylvania --Pittsburgh --19th century; Art, American --Pennsylvania --Pittsburgh --20th century. Development, distribution and promotional social enterprise that generates products and other offerings promoting southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial and cultural heritage.

(Pennsylvania - Philadelphia), Daniel Nelson (1968). A Checklist of Writings on the Economic History of the Greater Philadelphia-Wilmington Region. (Greenville, DE: Eleutherian Mills Historical Library, 123 p.). Philadelphia Metropolitan Area (Pa.) --Economic conditions --Bibliography; Wilmington Metropolitan Area (Del.) --Economic conditions --Bibliography.

(Pennsylvania) - Philadelphia), Andrew M. Schocket (2007). Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia. (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 288 p.). Assistant Professor of History (Bowling Green State University). Corporations--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--History; Philadelphia (Pa.)--Commerce--History. Corporate aristocracy created new form of power; corporations answered needs that private individuals or partnerships could not, government would not, supply. 

(Scranton PA), Patrick Brown (2010). Industrial Pioneers: Scranton, Pennsylvania and the Transformation of America 1840-1902. (Archbald, PA Tribute Books, 142 p.). Teaches high school social studies in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America. Scranton, PA -- history; 1840-1902 - Scranton served as face of rising America, hub of technology and innovation; changed from a lazy backwoods community to modern industrial society with 100,000 residents; citizens desperately tried to adapt to rapid changes around them; forged world views that defined 20th century.

(Quebec - Atlantic Provinces), Gordon Pitts (2005). The Codfathers: Lessons from the Atlantic Business Elite. (Toronto, ON: Key Porter Books, 328 p.). Businessmen--Atlantic Provinces; Entrepreneurs--Atlantic Provinces; Family-owned business enterprises--Atlantic Provinces. 

(Quebec - Montreal), Gerald J. J. Tulchinsky (1977). The River Barons: Montreal Businessmen and the Growth of Industry and Transportation, 1837-53. (Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 310 p.). Businesspeople--Québec (Province)--Montreal--History; Industries--Qeébec (Province)--Montréal--History; Railroads--Canada--History; Shipping--Canada--History.

(Quebec - Montreal), Robert Lewis (2000). Manufacturing Montreal: The Making of an Industrial Landscape, 1850 to 1930. (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 336 p.). Associate Professor of Geography (University of Toronto). Industries--Que´bec (Province)--Montreal; Manufacturing industries--Que´bec (Province)--Montreal; Industrial productivity--Quebec (Province)--Montreal; Montreal (Quebec)--Economic conditions. Geographic account of major North American city's industrial landscape from beginnings of industrialization to Great Depression - process of industrial decentralization ongoing since 1850s.

Eds. James Tomlinson and Christopher Whatley (2011). Jute No More: Transforming Dundee. (Dundee, UK: Dundee University Press, 300 p.). Historians (University of Dundee). juteopolis; Dundee (Scotland) -- History; Dundee (Scotland) -- Social conditions. Development of city of Dundee over century; world’s jute manufacturing capital, Juteopolis, at end of Victorian era; social distress – steam and smoke fro factory chimnies, substandard and overcrowded housing, high infant mortality, harsh working environment and low wages (especially for predominantly female workforce); industrial decline, its social and political consequences; effect of urban transformation on jobs, physical environment, social life, culture and politics.

(Scotland - New Lanark), Ian Donnachie and George Hewitt (1993). Historic New Lanark: The Dale and Owen Industrial Community Since 1785. (Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press, 245 p.). Owen, Robert, 1771-1858 --Homes and haunts --Scotland --New Lanark; Dale, David, 1739-1806; Textile industry --Scotland --New Lanark --History; New Lanark (Scotland) --History.

(U. S. - South), Eds. Susanna Delfino; Michele Gillespie (2005). Global Perspectives on Industrial Transformation in the American South. (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 240 p.). Industrialization--Southern States; Industrialization; Comparative economics. Economic evolution of American South from late colonial period to World War I and beyond - industrialization and productivity, comparisons to Atlantic and world economy.

(South Carolina), Peter A. Coclanis (1989). The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 370 p.). Director of the Global Research Institute and Albert R. Newsome Professor (University of California, Chapel Hill). Charleston Region (S.C.) --Economic conditions. Economic, social rise and fall of Charleston, surrounding South Carolina low country over 250 years; interaction of external, internal forces on city, countryside; effects of various factors on region's economy from colonial beginnings to collapse in 19th, early 20th centuries (environment, market, economic and political ideology, social institutions).

(South Carolina), James H. Tuten (2010). Lowcountry Time and Tide: The Fall of the South Carolina Rice Kingdom. (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 200 p.). Associate Professor of History and Former Assistant Provost (Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA). History of rice culture in South Carolina through Reconstruction era; industry's manifestations, decline from 1877 to 1930; changes in agricultural techniques, tools during period; how rice planters became adaptive, progressive despite conservative reputations; cultural history of rice as foodway, symbol of wealth in lowcountry; lasting legacy of rice culture; agricultural, environmental, economic, cultural, climatic forces stacked against planters, laborers, millers struggling to perpetuate once-lucrative industry through challenging postbellum years, into hardscrabble 20th century; ways in which rice producers sought to revive rice production; rice planting retained perceived cultural mystique, led many to struggle with its farming long after profits eliminated; tried to innovate; thwarted by insurmountable challenges of postwar economy, series of hurricanes that destroyed crops, infrastructure necessary to sustain planting.

(South Carolina - Spartanburg), Bruce W. Eelman (2008). Entrepreneurs in the Southern Upcountry: Commercial Culture in Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1845-1880. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 313 p.). Professor of History (Siena College). Industries --South Carolina --Spartanburg --History --19th century; Industrialization --South Carolina --Spartanburg --History --19th century; Entrepreneurship --South Carolina --Spartanburg --History --19th century. Evolution of entrepreneurial culture in 19th-century southern community outside plantation belt; antebellum Spartanburg businessmen advocated comprehensive vision for modernizing their region (still supported slavery, racial segregation); slowed legal, educational reform only when its implementation seemed likely to empower African Americans.

(Tanzania), M. S. Silver (1984). The Growth of Manufacturing Industry in Tanzania: An Economic History. (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 323 p.). Manufacturing industries--Tanzania--History.

(Tennessee - Memphis), Robert A. Sigafoos (1979). Cotton Row to Beale Street: A Business History of Memphis. (Memphis, TN: Memphis State University Press, 384 p.). Business--History; Memphis (Tenn.)--Economic conditions; Memphis (Tenn.)--Commerce--History.

(Tennessee - Nashville), Bill Carey (2000). Fortunes, Fiddles & Fried Chicken: A Nashville Business History. (Franklin, TN: Hillsboro Press, 500 p.). Corporations--Tennessee--Nashville--History; Business enterprises--Tennessee--Nashville--History; Industries--Tennessee--Nashville--History; Nashville (Tenn.)--Biography; Nashville (Tenn.)--Economic conditions; Nashville (Tenn.)--Commerce--History.

(Tennessee - Nashville), Martin Hawkins (2006). A Shot in the Dark: Making Records in Nashville 1945-1955. (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 318 p.). Sound recording industry--Tennessee--Nashville--History; Popular music--History and criticism. Focus on recording companies, studios, DJs, other music promoters; sights, sounds, and stories of this vibrant and influential decade in Nashville music making. 

(Tennessee - Nashville), Michael Kosser (2006). How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 Years of Music Row. (Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 368 p.). Country music--History and criticism; Music trade--Tennessee--Nashville. Evolution of center of music from single studio in tiny duplex which became Music Row. 

(Texas - El Paso), Henk A. Haring (1985). Sunbelt Frontier and Border Economy: Manufacturing in El Paso-Ciudad Juarez. (Utrecht, Netherlands: Dept. of Geography, University of Utrecht, 146 p.). Manufacturing industries--Texas--El Paso; Manufacturing industries--Mexico--Ciudad Juarez; Offshore assembly industry--Mexico--Ciudad Juarez; El Paso (Tex.)--Economic conditions; Mexican-American Border Region--Economic conditions.

(Texas - El Paso), Monica Perales (2010). Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community. (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 336 p.). Assistant Professor of History (University of Houston). Mexican Americans --Texas --Smeltertown --History; Mexican Americans --Texas --Smeltertown --Biography; Mexican Americans --Texas --Smeltertown --Ethnic identity; Working class --Texas --Smeltertown --History; Smelting --Social aspects --Texas --Smeltertown --History; Community life --Texas --Smeltertown --History; Collective memory --Texas --Smeltertown; Company towns --Mexican-American Border Region --Case studies; Smeltertown (Tex.) --History; Smeltertown (Tex.) --Biography. Birth, growth, ultimate demise of working class community in largest U.S. city on Mexican border (on banks of Rio Grande), at heart of railroad, mining, smelting empire; home to generations of ethnic Mexicans (labored at American Smelting and Refining Company in El Paso, Texas); ethnic Mexicans at center of transnational capitalism; making of urban West; multiple real, imagined social worlds created by company, church, schools, residents themselves; residents forged permanence, meaning in shadow of smelter's giant smokstacks; how people and places invent, reinvent themselves; vibrant community grappling with own sense of itself, its place in history, collective memory.

(United Arab Emirates -Dubai), Jim Krane (2009). City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism. (New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 368 p.). Former AP Baghdad Correspondent. Capitalism --United Arab Emirates --Dubayy; Dubayy (United Arab Emirates : Emirate) --History; Dubayy (United Arab Emirates : Emirate) --Economic conditions --21st century. Everything Arab world isn’t - freewheeling capitalist oasis in desert; history of Dubai from earliest days, influence of Maktoum family; 1960s - dusty village, transformed into quintessential metropolis of future through vision of clever sheiks, British entrepreneurs, American capitalists; tolerant, cosmopolitan city with luxurious resorts, architectural landmarks, outposts of America’s most prestigious companies, universities; effect of global economic downturn.

(U. S. - South), James C. Cobb (1984). Industrialization and Southern Society, 1877-1984. (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 185 p.). B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History (The University of Georgia), Former President of the Southern Historical Association. Industrialization --Southern States --History; Industrial promotion --Southern States --History. Industrial development left much of South's poverty unrelieved, often reinforced rather than undermined its conservative social, political philosophy; exploitation of South's resources, largely by interests from outside region, perpetuated, strengthened as industrialization proceeded; 20th Century brought increasing competition for industry that favored management over labor, exploitation over protection of environment; region unable to follow path of development taken by northern industrialized states, industrialized South yet to escape shadow of deprived past.

(U. S. - South), James C. Cobb (1993). The Selling of the South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development 1936-1990. (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 309 p. [2nd ed.]). B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History (University of Georgia), Former President of the Southern Historical Association. Industrial promotion --Southern States; Southern States --Economic conditions --1918-. Efforts of political, business leaders in South to attract manufacturing companies from North, from other countries; use of subsidies, tax breaks, open-shop laws, other economic and political incentives to automobile producers, other manufacturing firms which promised jobs in exchange for state aid.

(U. S. - South), Eds. Susanna Delfino; Michele Gillespie (2005). Global Perspectives on Industrial Transformation in the American South. (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 240 p.). Industrialization--Southern States; Industrialization; Comparative economics. Economic evolution of American South from late colonial period to World War I and beyond - industrialization and productivity, comparisons to Atlantic and world economy.

(United States - Southwest), Erika Marie Bsumek (2008). Indian-Made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1868-1940. (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 292 p.). Assistant Professor of History (University of Texas at Austin). Navajo Indians --Commerce; Navajo weavers --History; Navajo textile fabrics --History; Trading posts --Southwest, New --History. American Indian material culture; complex links between Indian identity, emergence of tourism in Southwest; how production, distribution, consumption became interdependent concepts shaped by forces of consumerism, race relations, federal policy; collaborating traders, tourist industry personnel, ethnologists created vision of Navajo culture that had little to do with Navajos themselves; how market economy perpetuated "Navaho" stereotypes, cultural assumptions; how artisans' increasing use of modern tools created controversy about authenticity; how meaning of "Indian made" label was challenged in court.

(Vermont), Victor R. Rolando (1992). Two Hundred Years of Soot and Sweat: The History and Archeology of Vermont’s Iron, Charcoal, and Lime Industries. (Burlington, VT: Vermont Archaeological Society, 296 p.). Industrial archaeology --Vermont; Iron industry and trade --Vermont --History; Charcoal industry --Vermont --History; Lime industry --Vermont --History.

(Virginia), Sean Patrick Adams (2004). Old Dominion, Industrial Commonwealth: Coal, Politics, and Economy in Antebellum America. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 305 p.). Assistant Professor of History (University of Central Florida). Coal trade--Pennsylvania--History; Coal trade--Virginia--History. Political economies of coal in Virginia and Pennsylvania from late eighteenth century through Civil War.

(Virginia), Clyde A. Haulman (2008). Virginia and the Panic of 1819: The First Great Depression and the Commonwealth. (Brookfield, VT: Pickering & Chatto Ltd., 198 p.). Chancellor Professor of Economics and Chair, Department of Economics (College of William and Mary). Panic of 1819; Virginia -- history; Economic history -- 1800-1850; crises--economic; Depressions -- 1829. America's first experience of boom-bust cycle; booming agricultural exports, transatlantic trade, intense land speculation westwards, easy credit from state banks and newly created Second Bank of the United States; boom ended as foreign markets dried up, prices fell, credit withdrawn; one of most dramatic economic crises experienced by US during 19th century; characteristics of ensuing depression, its impacts on Virginia, nation.

David T. Gilbert (Virginia - Harper's Ferry) (1984). Where Industry Failed: Water-Powered Mills at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. (Charleston, WV: Pictorial Histories Pub. Co., 86 p.). Water mills --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry --History; Harpers Ferry (W. Va.) --History.

(Virginia - Harper's Ferry), Paul A. Shackel (1996). Culture Change and the New Technology: An Archaeology of the Early American Industrial Era. (New York, NY: Plenum Press, 217 p.). Armories --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry --History --19th century; Industrial archaeology --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry; Industrialization --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry --History --19th century; Firearms industry and trade --Employees --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry --History --19th century; Harpers Ferry (W. Va.) --Antiquities. Harpers Ferry -  one of America's earliest, most significant industrial communities; historical archaeology, culture change, influence of new technology on workers, their families as economy transformed from craft-based to industrial.

(Virginia - Harper's Ferry), David T. Gilbert (1999). Waterpower: Mills, Factories, Machines & Floods at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 1762-1991. (Harpers Ferry, WV: Harpers Ferry Historical Association, 192 p.). Water-power --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry --History; Industries --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry --History; Industrial archaeology --West Virginia --Harpers Ferry.

(Washington - Seattle), Shauna O’Reilly, Brennan O’Reilly (2009). Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Published/Created: San Francisco, CA : Arcadia Pub., 2009. (San Francisco, CA: Arcadia Pub., 128 p.). Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909: Seattle, Wash.); Exhibitions --Washington --Seattle; Seattle (Wash.) --Pictorial works. First "world’s fair" held in Seattle; designed to showcase riches of Pacific Northwest, highlight trade with Pacific Rim nations and beyond; became location for University of Washington campus; ornate European-style architecture, fountains and gardens, amusements of the Pay Streak, exotic Oriental exhibits; entertained, educated, brought needed business to Washington State.

(Washington - Seattle), Alan J. Stein, Paula Becker, The staff (2009). Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s First World’s Fair, A Timeline History. (Seattle, WA: HistoryLink / University of Washington Press, 188 p.). staff historian; staff historian for Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909: Seattle, Wash.); Exhibitions --Washington --Seattle; Seattle (Wash.) --Pictorial works. History of fair that brought Seattle and Washington into national spotlight; major community effort for state that was only twenty years old; first world's fair to make profit, provided platform for advocates of woman suffrage, set general plan for University of Washington campus.

(West Virginia - Harpers Ferry), Paul A. Shackel (1996). Culture Change and the New Technology: An Archaeology of the Early American Industrial Era. (New York, NY: Plenum Press, 217 p.). Armories--West Virginia--Harpers Ferry--History--19th century; Industrial archaeology--West Virginia--Harpers Ferry; Industrialization--West Virginia--Harpers Ferry--History--19th century; Firearms industry and trade--Employees--West Virginia--Harpers Ferry--History--19th century; Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)--Antiquities.  

(Wisconsin), Margaret Walsh (1972). The Manufacturing Frontier; Pioneer Industry in Antebellum Wisconsin, 1830-1860. (Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 263 p.). Manufacturing industries--Wisconsin--History--19th century; Industries--Wisconsin--History--19th century; Frontier and pioneer life--Wisconsin; Wisconsin--Economic conditions.

(Wisconsin), Jerry Apps (2004). Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition. (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 232 p. [orig. pub. 1998]). Professor Emeritus (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Cheese--Wisconsin; Cheese--Wisconsin--History; Cheese factories--Wisconsin. History of cheese-making industry in Wisconsin from inception in 1940s to present. 

(Wisconsin - Milwaukee), Clay McShane (1975). Technology and Reform: Street Railways and the Growth of Milwaukee, 1887-1900. (Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin for the Dept. of History, University of Wisconsin, 187 p.). Street-railroads --Milwaukee --History; Urbanization --Milwaukee --History; Milwaukee (Wis.) --Economic conditions.

(Wisconsin - Niagara), Carol D. Miller (2007). Niagara Falling: Globalization in a Small Town. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 134 p.). Professor in the Department of Sociology and Archeology (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse). Stora Enso North America; Business enterprises, Foreign--Wisconsin--Niagara; Industries--Social aspects--Wisconsin--Niagara; Globalization--Social aspects--Wisconsin--Niagara; Community life--Wisconsin--Niagara; Niagara (Wis.)--Social conditions--21st century; Niagara (Wis.)--Economic conditions--21st century. "Globalization in reverse" - what happens to small community, Niagara, WI, when forced into global economy, when foreign-based companies operate in community in United States; how local government, civic engagement, education, environment are affected.

(Wyoming), Milton L. Woods (1985). Sometimes the Books Froze: Wyoming’s Economy and Its Banks. (Boulder, CO: Colorado Associated University Press, 198 p.). Banks and banking--Wyoming--History; Wyoming--Economic conditions.

(Zimbabwe), A.S. Mlambo, E.S. Pangeti, and I. Phimister (2000). Zimbabwe: A History of Manufacturing, 1890-1995. (Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe: University of Zimbabwe Publications, 132 p.). Manufacturing industries----History.

Takeshi Abe; Douglas A. Farnie; David J. Jeremy; Tetuso Nakaoka; John F. Wilson (1999). Region and Strategy in Britain and Japan: Business in Lancashire and Kansai, 1890-1990. (New York, NY: Routledge, 322 p.). Industries --England --Lancashire --History; Industries --Japan --Kansai Region --History; Lancashire (England) --Economic policy; Kansai Region (Japan) --Economic policy. Importance of regional, national differences in industrial development; long term comparison of the two regions of Lancashire and Kansai.

Eds. Arora Arora and Alfonso Gambardella (2005). From Underdogs to Tigers: The Rise and Growth of the Software Industry in Brazil, China, India, Ireland, and Israel. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 313 p.). Computer software industry; Globalization. 

C. J. Bliss and N.H. Stern (1982). Palanpur, The Economy of an Indian Village. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 340 p.). Pa¯lanpur (India)--Economic conditions.

Eds. Oliver J. Dinius, Angela Vergara (2011). Company Towns in the Americas: Landscape, Power, and Working-Class Communities. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 236 p.). Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies (University of Mississippi); assistant professor of history (California State University, Los Angeles). Company towns --America --History; Industrialization --America --History; Social engineering --America --History. How national politics, social protest, local culture transformed founding ideologies; advanced frontiers of industrial capitalism, became powerful symbols of modernity, expanded national economies, supported extractive industries on thinly settled frontiers, brought more land, natural resources, people under control of corporations; U.S. multinational companies exported ideas about work discipline, race, gender to Latin America as they established company towns to extend economic reach; employers shaped social relations through education, welfare, leisure programs; how working-class communities reshaped these programs to serve their needs; company towns in six countries: Argentina (Firmat), Brazil (Volta Redonda, Santos, Fordlândia), Canada (Sudbury), Chile (El Salvador), Mexico (Santa Rosa, Río Blanco), United States (Anaconda, Kellogg, and Sunflower City).

John D. Haeger (1981). The Investment Frontier: New York Businessmen and the Economic Development of the Old Northwest. (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 311 p.). Bronson, Arthur; Butler, Charles, 1802-1897; Investments --West (U.S.) --History --19th century; Capitalists and financiers --New York (State) --History --19th century; Capitalists and financiers --West (U.S.) --History --19th century; West (U.S.) --Economic conditions --19th century.

John Majewski (2000). A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia Before the Civil War. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 214 p.). Associate Professor (University of California at Los Angeles). Railroads--Pennsylvania--History--19th century; Railroads--Virginia--History--19th century; Free enterprise--Pennsylvania--History--19th century; Slavery--Virginia--History--19th century; Pennsylvania--Economic conditions; Virginia--Economic conditions. Contrasting case studies of role of farmers, townsmen, elites in fighting for, financing market development.

David G. McKendrick, Richard F. Doner, Stephan Haggard (2000). From Silicon Valley to Singapore: Location and Competitive Advantage in the Hard Disk Drive Industry. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 351 p.). Data disk drives industry--Asia, Southeastern--Case studies; Data disk drives industry--United States; Industrial location--Case studies; Comparative advantage (International trade)--Case studies; Competition, International--Case studies.

Gail Fowler Mohanty (2006). Labor and Laborers of the Loom: Mechanization and Handloom Weavers, 1780-1840. (New York, NY: Routledge, 278 p.). Handloom industry --Rhode Island --History; Weavers --Rhode Island --History; Industrialization --Rhode Island --History. Impact of technological change on outwork and craft weavers; rapid growth of handloom weaving in response to introduction of water powered spinning. 

Albert W. Niemi, Jr. (1974). State and Regional Patterns in American Manufacturing, 1860-1900. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 209 p.). Manufacturing industries--United States--History; Industrial location--United States--History.

Eds. Helzi Noponen, Julie Graham, and Ann R. Markusen (1993). Trading Industries, Trading Regions: International Trade, American Industry, and Regional Economic Development. (New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 31o p.). University of North Carolina; University of Massachusetts; Rutgers University. Industrial location; economic geography. Increasing role played by international forces in domestic economics - trade, international distribution of economic activity, regional economic development, employment, adjustment costs; success in trade fundamentally shaped by governmental intervention; economic, social costs.

Paul E. Rivard (2002). A New Order of Things: How the Textile Industry Transformed New England. (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 156 p.). Textile industry--New England--History; Industrial revolution--New England.

Matthew A. Zook (2005). The Geography of the Internet Industry: Venture Capital, Dot-Coms, and Local Knowledge. (Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 200 p.,). Internet industry--Location. 



Business History Links

Best Performing Cities 2005: Where America's Jobs Are Created and Sustained                                                        

This February 2006 report "ranks 379 U.S. metropolitan areas based on their economic performance and their ability to create, as well as keep, the greatest number of jobs in the nation." Includes large metropolitan area and small cities rankings back to 2003 and the full text of the 2005 report (requires free registration). From the Milken Institute, "an independent economic think tank."

Australia - Powerhouse Museum
Australia's largest and most popular museum, located in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Its unique and diverse collection of 385,000 objects spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. We conceive exhibitions and programs around the primary theme of ‘human ingenuity’, exhibitions and programs based on the ideas and technologies that have changed our world, and the stories of the people who create and inspire them. 

Canada: Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia Museum of Industry
Atlantic Canada's largest museum! Fascinating story of Nova Scotia's industrial workers, including unique machines, technology; stories of sweat, grit, tears, tragedies and triumphs. Industrial Revolution to the Age of Computers, mines, factories, railroads, home-based industries and more.

Florida: Tampa - Tampa Bay History Center                                                           
January 17, 2009 - Opening of The Tampa Bay History Center, non-profit educational institution in downtown Tampa, Florida; its exciting mission is to educate visitors about the important history that has shaped and continues to shape the Tampa Bay area. Today, the Tampa Bay History Center provides quality historical and educational services and programs. The beneficiaries over time are the region’s three million permanent residents and more than 15 million annual visitors. Centerpiece of the seaport's opening exhibit will be a cargo container – about 20 feet long and 8 1/2 feet wide – that has been converted into a theater where a film titled "Now Loading" will be shown. Visitors will be able to manipulate models of ships and trains to learn about the city's seaport and transportation system.

Georgia - The Berry College Center for Economic Education (BCCEE)                               Established in 1974 under the leadership of Ouida Word Dickey, the Center for Economic Education is in its first year operating under the umbrella of Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences and affiliated with the Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE). Its goal is to provide teachers with a supportive network, access to professional training and curriculum materials. Area school administrators are welcome to contact the center staff to arrange special topic workshops and courses.

Germany: Rhineland - Rheinisches Industriemuseum (National Industrial and Social History)
Six listed, some completely intact plants, in Rhineland - Oberhausen, Ratingen, Solingen, Bergisch Gladbach, Engelskirchen and Euskirchen; thematic core - textile, metal, paper and electricity industries (considered typical of the Rhineland industrial landscape). The factory, a central exhibit in the museum concept, is seen as an important technical, spatial and social institution that has defined environment; engineering, sociology and social history aspects of living and working in the industrial era of the Rhineland.

Great Britain: Made in Birmingham- Birmingham's Industrial History                              

Celebrating the industrial history of Smethwick & Birmingham.

Great Britain: Cambridge - Cambridge Museum of Technology
Purpose is to promote and enhance appreciation of the role of science and technology and its impact on the environment.

Great Britain: East Shropshire - Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Industrial Revolution in the six square miles of the Ironbridge Gorge; 1779 - world's first cast iron bridge built over River Severn at Coalbrookdale, Telford, UK (far reaching impact: on local society, economy, on bridge design and on use of cast iron in building); world famous symbol of the Industrial Revolution in rural East Shropshire (1635 - Broseley and Benthall produced around 100,000 tons of coal per year mainly for export,  for fuelling local clay industries and lead; nearest bridge 2 miles away; March 1776 -Royal Assent  granted to The Act to build a bridge); notable early engineers included Telford, Boulton and Watt, Trevithick; achievements of pioneering industrialists (Abraham Darby, William Reynolds, John Wilkinson) led to Ironbridge Gorge's becoming, by close of 18th century, most technologically advanced area in the world.

Great Britain - Exeter: Commercial and Industrial Business  

Great Britain: Manchester - Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester (UK)
Located on the historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, galleries and collections tell the story of Manchester’s scientific and industrial past, present and future.

Great Britain - Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust                                         

Sheffield’s Industrial Museums tell the story of a great industrial city from the past to the present. Known by many as Steel City, Sheffield is famous for its steel, cutlery and toolmaking history, the quality of its products and the skills of its workers. From early water-powered grinding wheels to the giant steelworks of Sheffield’s east end the workers, the inventions, the wealth and the poverty – you can explore it all at Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel.

Great Britain: West Midlands - Workshop of the World                                                

The West Midlands region of England has been an important center of commerce and industry for well over five hundred years. The city of Coventry was a dominant center of wool and clothing manufacturing in the Middle Ages, and Birmingham was a prime location of industry during the Industrial Revolution. Drawing on the collections of museums in Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent (and others), the Workshop of the World website brings together some of the compelling inventions that came out of the West Midlands region in the 19th century. Visitors can look over several dozen of these inventions, including an automatic wood screw making machine, a button shank making device, and a rotative steam engine. Each object is accompanied by a photo or illustration, and a short essay gives detailed background information about the object’s importance and use.

Houston Radio History blog                                          

History of broadcasting and the history of Houston; of the 15 stations to receive broadcast licenses from early 1922 to early 1925 in the Houston-Galveston area only one is still in operation, of all those licensed in the 1920s only three are still on the air; stories of wireless operators and their exploits, broadcasters, broadcasting stations, performers and more, from the pre-World War I era down through the ensuing decades.

Illinois - Coal Mining in Southern Illinois                                     

C. William "Doc" Horrell documented Illinois coal mining industry; took thousands of photographs, some of formed heart of his 1973 book, "The Land Between the Rivers"; online exhibit introduces users to Horrell's work; images of abandoned coal mining facilities, men at work, coal trains. decades.

(Indiana - South Bend), Center for History                                                                      

The Center for History’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit and teach the heritage of the St. Joseph River Valley region. First organized in 1867, the Center for History is the second oldest historical society in Indiana.

Kansas City Garment District Museum                                                                            

The manufacturing of coats, suits, dresses, hats, and children's wear started on the upper floors of the wholesale dry goods buildings in the early 1920s. After World War I and through the 1940s the area employed over 4,000 persons and boasted that 1 out of every 7 women in the U.S. purchased a KC made garment. Manufacturing of garments was the second largest employer of any industry in KC.

Kansas Oil & Gas Museum
Leading museum dedicated to the discovery and development of the oil industry in Kansas; indoor exhibits on farming, ranching and oil; Texaco Theater and Kansas Oil and Gas Legacy Gallery.

Classic Las Vegas                                                                                                         

Classic Las Vegas is dedicated to helping to preserve the real history of Las Vegas - story of incredible courage and of desperation; of tragedy and heroic deeds; of injustice and of compassion. And ultimately, of good guys trumping the bad guys. So far we have conducted 130 video oral histories with these courageous pioneers. Along with the preservation and archiving of photos, memorabilia, home movies, journals and letters we are creating an archive and a resource for anyone interested in the real history of this amazing town.

Louisiana - Tulane University Special Collections (Business)              (                   

The Tulane Manuscripts Department has over seventy collections pertaining business persons and firms.

Massachusetts - Boston History & Innovation Collaborative                             

Founded in 1997 by Dr. Robert Krim (former chair of the Business Department, Roxbury Community College), Liberty Mutual’s then-CEO Gary Countryman, Pat Moscaritolo, leader of Boston’s tourism industry, and historians Henry Lee and Brandeis Prof. David Hackett Fischer; Boston History & Innovation Collaborative is a not-for-profit alliance that works to sustain Greater Boston’s 400-year tradition of innovation. Since 2003, its work has focused on the question of why Boston became and has remained a center of innovation for four centuries. 

Massachusetts - Boston: Shopping Days In Retro Boston
A place to recall and celebrate the wonderful stores of a Downtown Boston now alive only in our memories.

Massachusetts - Charles River Museum of Industry
Located on the scenic banks of the Charles River in the historic 1814 Boston Manufacturing Company textile mill, on the National Register of Historic Places as America's first factory: Francis Cabot Lowell risked life and fortune when he secretly memorized plans for English power looms, then developed a system of manufacturing that propelled the newly-formed United States to the top of world's industrial might; Waltham Watch Company, which perfected the process of mass production as it produced more than 40 million watches during 100 years of operation; inventions that powered America into the modern age -- steam engines, generators, timepieces, machine tools, bicycles, automobiles, and hundreds of other gizmos - plus the geniuses who perfected them.

Massachusetts Franklin County - Museum of Our Industrial Heritage                                  

Factories and mills produced cutlery, hand tools, machine tools, taps & dies, paper, textiles and numerous other products. The museum's mission is to preserve the physical artifacts, archival materials and social experiences of industrial Franklin County. 

Massachusetts - Lowell (MA): A City of Spindles                        PA434&lpg= PA434&dq= Lowell+Sun+%22Merrimack+ Square%22&source= web&ots= C4UMAgVrLD&sig= AbRzRF3cFPzTP1u7iniTZmZmIRQ&hl=en&sa=X&oi= book_ result&resnum=10&ct=result#PPA301,M1                                   

By Lowell (Mass.) Trades and Labor Council of Lowell, MA - Series of illustrated historical articles pertaing to the social and industrial growth of Lowell.

Massachusetts: Lowell - Tsongas Industrial History Center                                                Partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park where students investigate industrial history; hands-on history center where students learn about the American Industrial Revolution through hands-on activities and by experiencing history where it happened. Students "do history" by weaving, creating canal systems and testing water wheels, working on an assembly line, role-playing immigrants, or becoming inventors.

Massachusetts - Worcester Trivia - Business and Industry 

City of Worcester, MA, Office of the City Clerk.

Michigan Technology News                                                                                      

Launched in April 2000 by Mike Brennan. Web portal features stories, information, events listings about Michigan technology companies and entrepreneurs.

Missouri - Saint Louis Mercantile Library                                                                           

Opened on April 19, 1846 by civic leaders and philanthropists; James E. Yeatman, owner of iron foundery, founder of Merchants' National Bank, first president; oldest general library in continuous existence West of the Mississippi River, grandparent of all cultural institutions in St. Louis; task, as a research library, is to make its collections, which have come to concentrate on Western Expansion and the history, development, and growth of the St. Louis region and of the American rail and river transportation experiences, available to the widest number of local and national users.

Muscatine History and Industry Center                                                                              

Center collects, preserves, and interprets materials that illustrate how local industry and its innovations of the past and present benefit the Muscatine area. Examines products made locally – from buttons to file cabinets and retread for tires to animal feed. The companies producing these goods have more in common than the location of Muscatine. Their histories are made of humble beginnings, risk-taking entrepreneurs, innovative technologies, strenuous days, and moments when driven individuals pushed on in spite of possible failure. "Made in Muscatine" means taking a chance, turning a vision into prosperity, and evolving to meet new demands.

Netherlands - Industrion (Museum for Industry and Society)
Opened in 1998, shows reciprocal influence of industry and society in the Netherlands – most especially in the Province of Limburg – during the last 150 years; range of different exhibits comprises a variety of ceramic industries, coal mining, glass, metal and chemicals, papermaking and food production. In addition the museum makes clear the effects of industrial production. Themes range from the life-size replica of an early factory building, via a presentation on Dutch Trades Unions, to environment and nutrition

Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET)                                                            

1999 - EDAWN, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, created the TechAlliance, an organization that promoted entrepreneurism and technology commercialization throughout Northern Nevada; 2003 - TechAlliance joined forces with NCED, the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, to create Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, a new state-wide organization charged with encouraging and empowering entrepreneurs and fostering an environment in which high-growth entrepreneurial companies could succeed and flourish; 2007 - NCET was spun-off as a independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization to help Nevadans start and grow businesses and connects them to the resources they need to succeed.

New Jersey: Paterson - Working in Paterson [Real Player                                    Occupational history projects have been popular for decades, and authors like Studs Terkel helped bring the subject into the mainstream. In 1994, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress embarked on a four-month project to study the occupational culture in Paterson, New Jersey. The site was furtive ground, and Paterson is considered to be the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. This online project brings together some of the documents from this intensive investigation, including 470 interview excerpts and 3,882 photographs. On the homepage, visitors can look at historical maps of the study area, and read thematic essays like "African American Family Business" and "Narratives of Work". Visitors can search through the collection at their leisure or also perform an advanced search across all of the materials here. Additionally, the site also has audio excerpts from some of the interviews, and these can be browsed alphabetically.

New York - Buffalo, NY Business History on the Web               

New York - The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages
Mission is to inspire understanding and appreciation of America's multifaceted social and cultural heritage, with an emphasis on Long Island and its people. In support of its mission, the museum: preserves, develops, and interprets nationally and internationally recognized collections of art, horse-drawn vehicles, and historic artifacts and buildings; and promotes educational and aesthetic experiences that enrich the lives of the broadest possible audience.

New York - Long Island Technology Hall of Fame
Objective: to recognize, honor and preserve the contributions, accomplishments, and dedication of historical figures or current leaders in science or technology who have had, or are having, an impact on Long Island.

New York - Lost New York City                                                                                                    Established January 2006 as a running Jeremiad on the vestiges of Old New York as they are steamrolled under or threatened by the currently ruthless real estate market and the City Fathers' disregard for Gotham's historical and cultural fabric.

New Zealand - University of Auckland Business History Project                                             

Project of civic importance that will capture the story of the region and its economic development.

North Carolina - History of Business in North Carolina

Historic and economic story of the Old North State, from Colonial times to the 21st Century; 1790 - ranked third in population in U.S. (fifth place by 1820); 1804 - Bank of Cape Fear chartered; 1815 - Michael Schenk established  first textile mill in Lincoln County; 1840 - more than 3,400 manufacturers (primarily different types of mills), 14,322 employees (3,642 firms with 13,622 employees in 1870);  1860 - about 45 textile mills in operation (39 cotton, 7 wool; 1870 - 85 mills, nearly $3 million in capital, employed more than 3,000 workers, manufactured about $3 million in products; 1880s - large-scale furniture manufacturing began; 1899 - 177 textile mills with 30,273 workers, 1.1 million spindles (5th in U.S.); produced $28.4 million in textile products (vs. $110.5 million in #1 Massachusetts); 1900 - 224,637 farms (283,482 farms in 1925);  1923 - 351 textile mills employed 81,041 workers, produced $326.5 million in goods (#2 in U.S.); end of 1920s - led nation in production of cotton textiles, wooden furniture, tobacco products; 2010 - Charlotte is second largest banking center in U.S.

North Carolina Transportation Museum
Seeks to preserve and interpret the history of transportation in North Carolina.

Ohio: Youngstown - Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor
Dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities.

Tennessee Century Farms Program                                                                  

The Tennessee Century Farms Program was created in 1975 by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as part of our nation’s bicentennial celebration. In 1985, the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University assumed the responsibility for the program. The program was originally designed and continues to be a recognition and documentary effort. First, it honors and recognizes the dedication and contributions of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. After 30 years, the statewide and ongoing program has 1,310 certified farms. Of that number 132 are 200 years old, 591 are 150 years old, and 587 are over 100 years old. Second, it is a documentary program that collects and interprets the agrarian history and culture of the state.

Tennessee Iron Furnace Trail                                                                  The purpose of the project is to research, identify, and document existing 19th century iron industry resources along the Western Highland Rim, and to assist the counties within the Trail to tell the stories of these places. This website is designed to introduce some of the most intact and significant existing iron industry sites along the Trail and to provide individual histories as well as context. A Glossary and a list of Selected Sources are provided for those readers who wish to have more information on the technology associated with the production of iron.

Texas Energy Museum
Beginnings of the Texas oil industry as historical characters share their adventures of the great Spindletop Gusher of 1901. Interactive exhibits depict the unique history oil exploration, production and refining; world of petroleum science from the formation of oil to the geology surrounding it. Talking robotic characters relate the story of early oil well drilling.

Virginia - The Reynolds Business History Center at the Virginia Historical Society                                                                                                   

2001 - Virginia Historical Society, with generous funding from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and Alcoa, created the Reynolds Business History Center; two-fold mission: 1) collecting - to acquire company records from important and representative businesses from around the commonwealth (paper records, oral history tapes and transcripts, artifacts, and electronic communication); currently include more than one hundred collections, including such significant Virginia companies as Branch and Company, Best Products, James River Corporation, Lane Furniture, Reynolds Metals, and A. H. Robins Pharmaceuticals; 2) programming - seeks to create programs for a number of constituencies: scholars, businesspeople, students, and the general public (exhibitions, scholarly symposia on business history topics, seminars in which business leaders reflect on their careers, oral history initiatives to target specific industries or areas, and travel opportunities to visit significant sites associated with Virginia's business history).

Washington - Seattle Museum of History & Industry                                                        

February 15, 1952 - The Museum of History & Industry opened, has grown to become the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington, attracting more than 60,000 visitors annually from the Northwest and beyond. MOHAI collects, preserves and presents the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. Its engaging exhibits and programs have created an appreciation for the Northwest's diverse cultural, social and economic history.

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