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Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Type of Business:  Hospitality, Lodging

Description: The Waldorf Astoria archive serves to provide information and access to researchers seeking to gain a better understanding of the hotel's history and/or New York City social history in general. The archivist provides access on a digital platform through the use of scanning (depending on item quality) and email or phone consultation.

The archive is divided into 8 separate series which include administrative, building, biographical, histories and publications, press and media, photographs, objects/ephemera, and oversized items.   The administrative, building, H&P, and photograph series are the most popular – they contain information on our hotels construction, historic moments from our first hotel and our current hotel on Park Avenue, as well as archival magazine and newspaper clippings. More information on the archive and its access policies can be found by clicking on the “Waldorf Astoria Archive” tab found on our website.

Updated: February 7, 2016



Walt Disney Company
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-1200

Type of Business:  Entertainment, leisure
Hours of Service:  M-F 9:00am-5:00pm; by appointment only

Conditions of Access:  Open to students, writers and others working on serious research projects.

Holdings:  1920-present

Description: Recognizing the unique and enduring creative legacy started by Walt Disney, the Walt Disney Archives was established in 1970 to collect, preserve, and make available for research the historical materials relating to Walt and the company he founded.

With more than 12,000 boxes of documents and merchandise items, a library of more than 25 million photographs and several thousand historic props and costume pieces—from the first Mickey Mouse Club series to the latest tentpole film—the Archives documents Company history as it happens. All Disney employees are invited to contact the Archives with their questions, and qualified writers and other members of the public working on special projects can make advance appointments by special permission.

Updated: January 21, 2022


Washington Hospital Center*
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC

Contact:  Archival Services Department, The History Factory
14140 Parke Long Court, Chantilly, VA 20151-1649
Telephone:  703.631.0500
Fax:  703.631.1124
Type of Business:  Health Service Provider
Hours of Service:  9:00am - 5:30pm

Conditions of Access:  Restricted. Outside requests for information subject to approval by Washington Hospital Center.

Holdings:  c. 1884-present
Total Volume:  61 linear feet

Description:  Holdings include photographs, annual reports, clippings, scrapbooks, publications and other materials related to Washington Hospital Center programs, events, employees and patients. The majority of the collection is comprised of photographic and audiovisual materials.

Updated August 18, 2003

Wells Fargo & Company

Corporate Archives
420 Montgomery Street, A0101-022
San Francisco, CA 94104

Contact: Anna Lucas Mayer, Manager
Telephone: 415-396-0877
Type of Business: Banking and financial services

Conditions of Access:  Permission of the Archivist

Holdings:  1852-present
Total Volume:  15,000 linear feet

Description: The Wells Fargo Corporate Archives serves as the company's core corporate memory. The collections document Wells Fargo & Company's extraordinary heritage, spanning the origins, development, operations, technology and innovation, and impact of the company and all its subsidiaries, affiliates, and merger partners. Records in the collections range from historical photographs and artifacts to oral histories and digital media. As a vital management resource in researching how lines of businesses, banking products and financial services evolve, the Archives supports the company's present-day goals and initiatives.

Updated January 22, 2020


Western Savings and Loan Administration
Phoenix, AZ 85001

Contact:  K. Trimble, Archives Consultant
Telephone:  602-468-5505
Type of Business:  Banking and financial services
Hours of Service:  M-F 9:00am-5:00pm

Conditions of Access:  Not open to the public

Holdings:  1929-present; bulk dates, 1950-present
Total Volume:  170 linear feet

Description: Documents, bound volumes, photographs, magazine and newspaper articles, manuscripts, video tapes and artifacts relating to Western Savings and Loan Association. One special collection, the Phoenix History Project, consists of oral history interview transcripts, card files, photos, scrapbooks, artifacts and bound volumes.


Western Union Company
12500 E. Belford Ave.
Englewood, CO 80112

Contact: Amy Fischer, CA, Corporate Archives
Telephone: 720-332-4746
Fax: 720-332-4753
Type of Business: Financial Services
Hours of Service: M-F 8am - 5pm

Conditions of Access: Restricted. Outside requests for information subject to approval of corporate archivist and corporate communications department.

Holdings: 1847-present; bulk dates, 1870s-present
Total Volume: 1,500 cubic feet

Description: Records of the Western Union Company. Collection supports research of telegraphy and related technologies, as well as electronic money transfer. Includes company records, annual reports, employee publications, photographs, print and broadcast advertising, telegraphy equipment, messenger uniforms, video/audio recordings, press releases and clips, etc.

Updated October 16, 2014



Westinghouse Savannah River Company
P.O. Box 3151
Aiken, SC 29801

Telephone:  803-725-4037
Fax:  803-725-4360
Type of Business:  Utilities


Weyerhaeuser Company
The Weyerhaeuser Archives were closed in December 2014 and portions donated to the Forest History Society


Willet Stained Glass Studios, Inc.
10 East Moreland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Contact:  Helene H. Weis, Librarian
Telephone:  215-247-5721
Type of Business:  General manufacturing
Hours of Service:  M-F 8:00am-4:00pm; by appointment only

Conditions of Access:  Limited use

Holdings:  1898-present; bulk dates, 1960-present

Description: Original designs, photographs, slides and business correspondence.


Wiss, Jannery, Elstner Associates Inc.
330 Pfingsten Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

Contact: Becca Smith, Librarian/Archivist
Telephone: 847-753-3405
Type of Business: Engineering              

Conditions of Access: Not open to the public                                                      

Holdings: 1956-Present

Description: Documents, bound volumes, photographs, slides, negatives; film reels, video tapes, printed materials, and artifacts relating to WJE corporate history and significant projects.

Updated July 10, 2017


Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

610 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60654

Type of Business:  Food industry

Contact:  Archival Services Department, The History Factory

14140 Parke Long Court, Chantilly, VA 20151-1649

Hours of Service:  9:00am - 5:00pm

Telephone:  703-227-9568


Conditions of Access:  Restricted. Outside requests for information subject to approval by the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

Updated April 22, 2018


The World Bank Group
1818 H St., NW
Washington DC 20433

Contact:  Elisa Liberatori Prati, Bank Group Archivist; Jim Huttlinger, Reference Officer
Telephone:  202-458-1552 (Liberatori Prati); 202-473-2841 (Reference Desk)
Fax:  202-614-1024 (Liberatori Prati); 202-477-1499 (Reference Desk)
Type of Business:  Economic and social development
Hours of Service: Monday through Friday, by appointment only

Conditions of Access:  Open for IBRD and IDA items that are 20 years old or older (see access policy at, Catalog subsite)

Holdings:  1946-present
Total Volume:  135,000 cubic feet

Description: Holdings comprise the records of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency MIGA). The records comprise correspondence and reports on lending and investment projects, aid coordination, economic conditions, etc., supplemented by audiovisual records.


YMCA of the USA
Kautz Family YMCA Archives
318 Elmer L. Andersen Library
University of Minnesota
222 21st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Contact: Ryan Bean, Reference and Outreach Archivist; Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Description and Access Archivist
Telephone: 612-625-3445

Conditions of Access: Open to the Public

Description: The records of the YMCA of the USA, founded in 1851, and its various committees, programs, and constituent bodies, form the core of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. In addition to personal papers of over 300 YMCA leaders, the collection has more than 75,000 photos dating from the American Civil War to the present. Although the Archives generally does not collect the records of state or local YMCAs, holdings do include the records of the Minneapolis and Greater New York YMCAs and of related organizations serving the worldwide "Y" movement, including Ys Men International, an auxiliary service organization, and the Association of Professional Directors. Also in the collections are the records of George Williams College, formerly located in Chicago. The collection spans the period from the early 1800s to the present (with the bulk concentrated from the 1850s to the 1980s) and documents every aspect of the YMCA, from work in the United States and overseas to the student movement, YMCA programs, local Ys, and the Armed Services and Transportation Ys. It contains records on the YMCA's moves to include women and minorities, information about the Y's service during wartime, and files on hundreds of YMCA buildings in 90 countries. The records contain extensive information on YMCA programs in religion, education, physical education, sports and leisure; and on groups the YMCA served both in the United States and abroad, among them students, African Americans, native Americans, railroad workers, members of the armed services, and coal miners. Subjects covered include the evolution of the YMCA from its Protestant evangelical origins, the YMCA's contributions to Civil War relief, the invention of basketball and volleyball, rural reconstruction in India and Korea, teaching English as a second language, and more. Records from the International Division include valuable material from the turn of the century to the present day about China, Japan, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Updated April 26, 2016.




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