Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Business History Web Exhibits: A Sampling

View of New Orleans, c. 1840
Many readers will be familiar with the websites constructed by major organizations like the Library of Congress, the British Museum, and the Smithsonian. But smaller organizations too have delved into their holdings to create interesting on-line exhibits of value to business and economic historians. The following links provide a small sample:
Art of the Draw: Advertising Posters from the McCormick-International Harvester Collection (Wisconsin Historical Society)
Maine Memory Network (a sample):
   Aroostook Country Railroads
   Atherton Furniture
   Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry
   Canning: A Maine Industry
   Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin
   Ice: A Maine Commodity
Brass Valley Ingenuity (Mattatuck Museum)
Exploring the California Gold Rush (California State Library)
The Coffee Trade and the Port of New Orleans (Louisiana State Museum)
The Colonial Sugar Refining Company, Ltd. (Australia National University)
Empire Land and Cattle Company (University of Arizona)
Enterprising Images: The Goodridge Brothers, African American Photographers (Michigan Historical Center)
Half a Day on Sunday: Jewish-Owned Mom and Pop Grocery Stores (Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, D.C.)
In Pursuit of Adventure: The Fur Trade in Canada (McGill University)
Indianapolis through Invoices (Indiana State Library)
Time in a Bottle: A History of Owens-Illinois, Inc. (University of Toledo Libraries)
    A good source for library and archival web exhibits is the ongoing list maintained by the Smithsonian Institution.