Hagley Museum and Library this month unveiled the "Avon Historical Archive," a digital collection of materials on the history of the well-known cosmetic company. Created with the cooperation of Avon in commemoration of the company's 125th anniversary, the web exhibit "provides insights into the development of the business and touches on important issues around the history of women as both consumers and entrepreneurs. The collection will be a treasure trove for historians interested in women’s history, as well as the development of packaging, advertising, and branding." The searchable materials can be accessed by topic—advertising, catalogs, representatives, the company—and by time period.
Business History in Times of Disruption: Embracing Complexity and Diversity Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference Sheraton Mexico City María Isabel Hotel Ciudad de México, México April 7-9, 2022 [ bookmark the CFP ] The Covid-19 crisis arrived with little warning, disrupting global business and trade. Industries as different as tourism, retail, and manufacturing were plunged into disarray by travel restrictions, broken supply chains, and quarantines. The pandemic also underscored the growing dangers posed by economic inequality and environmental degradation, hinting at a more tumultuous future. We have, it seems, entered into a new age of uncertainty. Informed by these developments, the 2022 Business History Conference will explore the diverse ways that entrepreneurs, firms, and organizations coped with complexity, uncertainty, and disruption over the long run. The Program Committee welcomes individual papers and session proposals that explore this theme. Submissions can a