Directory of Corporate Archives in the United States and Canada, L-M
Complete Entries Arranged Alphabetically
by Name of Corporation, L-M
Laird Norton Company*
801 Second Ave., Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98104-1581
Conditions of Access: Restricted. Outside requests for information subject to approval of president.
Holdings: 1820s-present; bulk dates, 1905-present (older records have been donated to the Minnesota Historical Society)
Total Volume: 200 cubic feet
Description: Laird Norton is a closely held corporation, founded in 1855 in Winona, Minnesota. The holdings include personal papers, business records, photographs, and oral histories which document the company's involvement in the timber industry, lumber milling and retail lumber sales.
Lennox International, Inc.*
2140 Lake Park Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080
Conditions of Access: Restricted. Outside requests for information subject to approval by Lennox International.
Holdings: 1890s - present
Total Volume: 261 linear feet
Description: Holdings are comprised of records of Lennox International Inc. and its subsidiary companies, Lennox Industries Inc., Heatcraft Inc. Lennox Global Ltd. and Armstrong Air Conditioning Inc. Employee and dealer publications; technical and installation manuals; catalogs and brochures; bulletins; cost and pricing lists; sales and marketing materials; product samples; demonstration kits; correspondence and news clippings; advertisements; memorabilia; audio-visual material; and over 1,200 negatives are retained. The collection also contains biographical and correspondence files and scrapbooks of executives, as well as material relating to the heating and air conditioning industry.
Updated August 17, 2003
Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc.
35 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Contact: Information Resource Center
Type of Business: Advertising
Hours of Service: M-F 9:00-5:00
Conditions of Access: Restricted. Phone reference only for non-employees. Access to the collections subject to approval of archivist and corporate affairs department.
Total Volume: 225 cubic feet
Description: Holdings are comprised of records of Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc., dating to the advertising agency's founding in 1935. The vast majority of records document the agency's history in the United States, but some extend to the global network of over 200 operating units, including 98 full-service advertising agencies in 84 countries, and a variety of specialty marketing services including direct, database and interactive marketing, sales promotion and brand consulting. Records include the personal papers of agency founder Leo Burnett; news releases; agency and client fact books; correspondence and speeches of agency executives; advertisements; memorabilia documenting the agency's unique culture; internal publications; and audio-visual material. A limited number of records concern both the agency's former holding company, Bcom3 Group. Inc., and Paris-based Publicis Groupe S.A., of which Burnett is a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Updated May 6, 2003
Levi Strauss & Co.
1155 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Contact: Lynn Downey, Historian
Type of Business: Apparel manufacturing
Conditions of Access: Restricted. Phone reference only for non-employees. Access to the collections subject to approval of historian and global communications department.
Holdings: 1906-present. (All corporate records prior to 1906 lost in earthquake and fire. Some 19th-century invoices and advertising materials have been purchased in this century.)
Description: Holdings (in order of volume, greatest to least) consist of: Clothing, marketing materials, photographs, documents (correspondence, speeches, newsletters, financial records, legal records), audio and video tapes, phonograph records, artifacts, oral history tapes and transcripts, books.
Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly Corporate Center
Indianapolis, IN 46285
Conditions of Access: In-house use only.
Description: The archives contains important records and artifacts used by Eli Lilly and Company in more than a century of operations. These records document corporate structure, programs, policies, decisions, product lines and communications. The archives also preserves papers, photographs and memorabilia of the Lilly family.
300 Day Hill Road
Windsor, CT 06095
Contact: Jennifer Keefe, CA
E-Mail: JKeefe @ limra.com
Type of Business: Non-Profit Life Insurance & Financial Services Market Research Association
Hours of Service: M-F 8:30am-4:00pm
Conditions of Access: Open to all home office staff of LIMRA member companies. Legitimate questions from academic researchers and other researchers will be considered.
Description: Historical and business records of LIMRA (formerly called ALAO, LISRB, LIAMA and LIMRA International). The collections include annual reports, press and marketing materials, statistical research publications, complete runs of both Managers and MarketFacts magazines and various newsletters, agent selection testing and training materials, advertising and promotional materials, internal publications and records, photographs of buildings, activities and personnel, conference programs, presentations, transcripts, recordings and video. Highlights of historical publications include yearly reports on North American Life Insurance sales since 1921, the first life insurance buyer and agent studies, and the landmark Widow's Study from 1970.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Contact: Judith Johnson, Director, Information Resources; Douglas Southard, Assistant Archivist
Telephone: 212-875-5571(Johnson); 212-875-5374 (Southard)
Type of Business: Non-profit performing arts
Conditions of Access: By appointment only
Total Volume: 4,500 cubic feet
Description: Holdings consist of oral histories concerning the origin and development of the Center; construction records; records for "Mostly Mozart," "Live from Lincoln Center," the Lincoln Center Institute, and other concerts/festivals/programs produced by Lincoln Center, Inc.; publications; over 300,000 photographs, administrative records, and a wide variety of other documentation concerning the corporation's activities.
Thomas J. Lipton Company
800 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07626
Conditions of Access: Open to company and to inquiries from outside.
Description: Photographs, advertising, memorabilia and files.
95 Chestnut Street
P.O. Box 73
Dresden, OH 43821-0073
Louisville Water Company
435 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Conditions of Access: A copy will be made for persons requesting materials.
Holdings: 1857-present; bulk dates, 1920s-1970s
Total Volume: 2,584 items
Description: Total volume is divided as follows: 542 document archives, 344 slides and 1,698 photographic archives. The photos and slides represent mainly the last fifty years. However, the document archives go back to the mid 19th century. The archives traces the beginnings and growth of the Louisville Water Company through buildings, employees, departmental changes and presidents.
101 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Conditions of Access: Limited Public Access
Holdings: 1869 - Present
Volume: 12,000 Images, 4,000 Films, 4,000 Artifacts, 2,000 cubic feet of print documentation.
Description: The Lucent Technologies Archives was established in 1996 to document the history and ongoing business activities of Lucent Technologies and the R&D activities of Bell Laboratories. The collections contain material from Lucent's predecessor companies, Western Electric and AT&T, which were formed in the 1800s. The Archives also manages two company museums that are open to the public and an international traveling exhibit program.
Madison Gas & Electric Co.
P.O. Box 1231
Madison, WI 53701-1231
200 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 1E5
Contact: Donna Murphy, Corporate Archivist
Type of Business: Financial Services
Marriott International, Inc.
10400 Fernwood Rd, Dept. 52/977.01
Bethesda, MD 20817
Contact: Beth Schuster, Corporate Archivist
Type of Business: Lodging
Hours of Service: M-Th 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; F 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Conditions of Access: Open to all employees and by appointment to outside researchers.
Total Volume: 200 cubic feet
Description: Holdings are comprised of advertisements, annual reports, internal newsletters and magazines, brochures and bulletins, photographs, slides, and memorabilia. Includes information on predecessor and merged companies.
Marquis Who's Who
121 Chanlong Road
New Providence, NJ 07974
Contact: Patrick Gibbons, Researcher/Librarian
Type of Business: Publishing and communications
Hours of Service: M-F 8:00am-4:00pm, staff only
Conditions of Access: In-house access only. Brief inquiries will be undertaken.
Holdings: 1887-present; bulk dates, 1940-present
Description: Books published since 1887. Assorted photographs and company archives.
Golden Archives and Museums
2010 East Higgins Road
Elk Grove, IL 60007
Contact: Michael R. Bullington, CA
Type of Business: Global Foodservice Retailer
Hours of Service: M-F 8:30am-5:00pm
Conditions of Access: Internal clients only.
Holdings: Administrative records, marketing files, public relations files, artifacts and photographs.
Updated February 14, 2006
The McGraw-Hill Companies
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 48th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Contact: Jackie Kilberg - Research Associate - Corporate Archives
Type of Business: Publishing and information services
Hours of Service: 9:30-5:30 M-F
Conditions of Access: By appointment only
Total Volume: 300 linear feet
Description: Contains materials related to McGraw-Hill Companies and its predecessors, including the McGraw and Hill Publishing Companies. The collection includes photographs, board minutes, significant issues of McGraw-Hill Publications, advertisements, and other information on both the corporate and the business unit levels of the Corporation.
Updated October 29, 2009
MCI Corporation Archives*
Collection housed in the Hagley Museum and Library
Updated October 24, 2003
McIlhenny Company Archives
Avery Island LA 70513
Contact: Shane K. Bernard, Ph.D., Historian & Curator
Telephone: (337) 369-4218
Fax: (337) 369-6326
Type of Business: Food Industry
Hours of Service: M-F, 8:00 am - 5 pm CST
Conditions of Access: Not open to public; limited access may be obtained through the curator.
Holdings: Ca. 1800 to present; bulk dates, ca. 1850-present.
Description: Over 1,500 linear feet of documents and artifacts concerning the privately held McIlhenny Company and its Tabasco brand pepper sauce, as well as archival items concerning the McIlhenny family. The McIlhenny Company Archives is complemented by the private Avery Island, Inc., Archives, which houses documents and artifacts concerning the related Avery family and Avery Island, Louisiana
Updated December 26,2007
7000 Central Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55432-3568
Merck & Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 100
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889-0100
Contact: Joseph M. Ciccone, J.D., Corporate Archivist
Type of Business: Pharmaceutical
Hours of Service: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST), M-F
Conditions of Access: The Archives can be contacted in writing, by telephone or e-mail, or in person. Interested scholars may conduct research at the Archives through prior arrangement with the Corporate Archivist. Access is subject to approval of the Corporate Archivist.
Description: Collection consists of: documents such as publications and sales materials; photographs of Merck people, products and facilities; oral histories of key figures in Merck history; artifacts; and other items related to Merck and the companies with which Merck has merged and acquired, including Sharp & Dohme, Mulford, and Powers-Weightman-Rosengarten.
Updated March 10, 2008
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.*
World Financial Center
New York, NY 10080
Contact: Jean Tepsic, Project Archivist, The Winthrop Group
Type of Business: Banking, financial services
Conditions of Access: Internal use only.
Holdings: 1885-present; bulk dates, 1914-present
Total Volume: 150 cubic feet
Description: The collections consist of papers of partners, past presidents and CEOs, including William A. Schreyer, Roger E. Birk, Donald Regan and Charles E. Merrill. Also includes files concerning partners and management meetings, photographs, promotional materials, publications, and other corporate records as well as documentation of various antecedent companies, including underwritings.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
1 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10010
Conditions of Access: Open to all researchers with legitimate questions about MetLife.
Holdings: 1868-present; bulk dates, 1890-present
Total Volume: 1,000 linear feet
Description: Materials document the development of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Areas of special interest: Photographs of buildings, activities and personnel, company sponsored public health education publications, advertising and promotional material, internal publications, papers of selected executives, and general subject files.
500 Griswold Street
Detroit, MI 48226
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Contact: Amy Stevenson, Archives Manager
Type of Business: Computer software
Hours of Service: n/a
Conditions of Access: Restricted. Outside requests for information require a Microsoft business sponsor and are subject to approval.
Holdings: 1975 - present
Total Volume: 6600 linear ft.
Description: The Microsoft Archives collects all versions of Microsoft domestic and international products, including documentation and original packaging. Scope also includes computer hardware, business records, artifacts and awards, market research, marketing materials, photographs, digital images, and audio-visual materials.
Updated December 20, 2010
Miles Laboratories, Inc.
P.O. Box 40
Elkhart, IN 46515
Holdings: 1882-present; bulk dates, 1938-1979
Total Volume: 750 linear feet
Description: Advertising and other records (boxed vertical files, photographs, film and artifactual) documenting business development of Miles Laboratories, Inc., founded in 1884. Public card catalog available.
MIS Software Development
1349 Cross Creek Way
Tallahassee, FL 32301
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 07130-1420
Contact: David W. Baldwin, Corporate Archivist
Type of Business: Education and related
Hours of Service: M-F 8:00am-4:00pm
Conditions of Access: Restricted to corporation personnel only and qualified researchers.
Holdings: 1943-present; bulk dates, 1959-present
Total Volume: 1,100 cubic feet
Description: Material relating to the history of Command, Control, Communications and Information systems. These holdings include photographs, slides, motion picture film, audio/video tape recordings, microforms, annual reports, house organs, press clippings, training brochures, memorabilia, worktasks documentation, minutes, and correspondence.
Modern Woodmen of America
1701 First Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Conditions of Access: All inquiries handled by the society's historian on an individual basis.
Description: Modern Woodmen of America's collection includes various printed materials, membership files, photographs, slides, film, bound publications of its official membership magazine, microfilm and memorabilia from initiation ceremonies.
2222 Wellington Court
Lisle, IL 60532
Contact: Nancy Webster, Archivist
Type of Business: Connector (design and manufacture of)
Hours of Service: by appointment
Conditions of Access: Molex employees or approval of archivist
Total Volume: Information included below
Description: In 1938, Molex Product Company was founded in Brookfield, Illinois. Molex was named after a unique plastic molding material. the Molex archives documents the world's second largest manufacturer of electronic connectors, switches, fiber optics, and associated application tooling from its first factory to its 49 manufacturing facilities in 21 countries in 1999. The Molex archives holds several thousand artifacts, an audio-visual collection that includes over 100,000 images and 632 videos, and a printed and manuscript collection of over 100 linear feet.
1 Norway Street
Boston, MA 02115
800 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63167
Contact: Charlotte J. Kuhn, (contractor) Archives Coordinator; Steven Poth (contractor) Associate Archives Coordinator
Telephone: 314-694-8752 or 314-694-4873
E-Mail: Charlotte.J.Kuhn@monsanto.com; Steven.D.Poth@monsanto.com
Type of Business: Pharmaceutical, Agriculture, Nutrition, Biotech, formerly chemicals
Hours of Service: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm
Conditions of Access: Restricted Access Apply to contact person who must clear with Monsanto Management
Description: Description Official company records starting in 1901. We have material from several chemical companies bought by Monsanto Swann, Chemstrand, Lion Oil, Cochrane, Schwanigan etc. Three company histories. One published history of the company. Includes photographs, P.R. releases, movies and videos.
The archives of the Monsanto Corporation are now maintained by Washington University in St. Louis. Inquiries should be sent to:
Sonya Rooney, University Archivist
Washington University in St. Louis Campus Box 1061 One Brookings Drive St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
Phone: (314) 935-9730
Fax: (314) 935-8320
Web site: http://library.wustl.edu/units/spec/archives/
Updated July 23, 2007
The MONY Group, Inc.*
New York, NY 10019
Contact: Archival Services Department, The History Factory
14140 Parke Long Court
Chantilly, VA 20151-1649
Type of Business: Life Insurer, Life, Disability Income and Annuities, Funds and Securities
Hours of Service: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Conditions of Access: Restricted. Outside requests for information subject to approval by The MONY Group.
Holdings: 1840s - present
Total Volume: 440 linear feet
Description: The MONY Archives are comprised of records from the executive office, corporate affairs and all product management and support management operations. Policy contracts, advertisements, photographs, annual reports, sales material and memorabilia are retained. More than 50 titles of home office and agency publications, numerous agency/agent biographical files and a special collection of famous policyholders files are examples of material within the collection.
Updated August 17, 2003
The Jim Moran Foundation
100 Jim Moran Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Contact: Michael Zaidman, Sr. Archival Administrator
Description: The Jim Moran Foundation documents the story of Jim Moran, founder of JM Family Enterprises.
Updated February 14, 2011
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Motorola, Inc. Legacy Archives and Motorola Solutions, Inc. Archives
1295 East Algonquin Road
Schaumburg, IL 60196
Contact: Sue Topp, CA
Type of Business: Electronics
Hours of Service: 9:00am-5:00 pm CST, by appointment only
Conditions of Access: The Archives serves the company’s employees and customers and is closed to the public. Exceptions are considered upon written application, and are subject to available resources and approval by the archivist and the company’s public relations office.
Total Volume: 2,400 cubic feet plus 9,000 three-dimensional artifacts
Description: On January 4, 2011, Motorola, Inc. split into two separate companies, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (cellular phones; set-top cable equipment) and Motorola Solutions, Inc. (two-way radio equipment; enterprise barcode and RFID scanning equipment). The two companies share access to the Motorola, Inc. Legacy Archives Collection which continues to reside at the Motorola Solutions, Inc. corporate headquarters. The legacy collection preserves records and artifacts that document the heritage of Motorola, its businesses, people, products, facilities and initiatives, and the history and evolution of the Motorola brand, from the company’s founding as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in Chicago by the Galvin family in 1928, through the end of its existence as a single company at the end of 2010. The Legacy Archives Collection contains materials documenting two-way radios and networks; cellular technology (phones, infrastructure and networks); semiconductors, 1948-2004; paging technologies; consumer entertainment radios, televisions and phonographs, especially 1940s-1960s; automotive electronics; and government and space electronics, such as communications provided to NASA programs.
A new collection, the Motorola Solutions, Inc. Archives Collection, contains materials created 2011 and later that document Motorola Solutions, Inc. going forward.
Formats include marketing and product literature; advertising; news releases; reports; correspondence; key leader biographical materials; oral histories; photographs; audiovisual materials; and key products and packaging. Heritage services include research; special projects; publications; external and internal Web sites; and artifact loans.
Updated January 19, 2011
Mutual of America
30 W. 60th Street, 9-T
New York, NY 10023
Mutual Assurance Company
The Green Tree Group
240 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Contact: Carol Wojtowicz Smith, Curator/Archivist
Type of Business: Insurance and insurance-related services
Hours of Service: M-F 8:30am-5:00pm, by appointment only
Conditions of Access: Open to serious researchers
Total Volume: 300 linear feet
Description: Legal, administrative, financial and underwriting records of the Mutual Assurance Company from its beginning to the present. Of particular interest to outside researchers are the surveys of insured properties.
Page updated May 23, 2012