A guide to finding and using bibliographies for historical research, with an emphasis on using bibliographies to find primary sources. Originally from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reused/adapted with permissions.
Corporate bibliographies are similar to personal bibliographies, except that, instead of compiling documents by, about, or belonging to a specific person, they compile documents produced by an organization, documents about an organization, or documents belonging to an organization (for example, its library).
Like personal bibliographies, corporate bibliographies are usually created for organizations deemed to have been historically significant. And, like personal bibliographies, corporate bibliographies are useful for finding primary sources that otherwise lack adequate bibliographic control, such as unpublished works, and documents published in non-book formats (e.g. unpublished reports, business records, and correspondence).
Some examples of corporate bibliographies:
Unlocking the Files of the FBI by Gerald K. Haines; David A. LangbartThis comprehensive guide explains what kinds of documents the FBI holds, where they are located, and how to gain access to them. The FBI has investigated a vast range of activities: communism, civil rights and antiwar protests, organised crime, political corruption, terrorists, and even foreign espionage. The massive amount of documentation produced on countless cases is divided into hundreds of major classifications. Now under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), more of these valuable records are open to researchers than ever before. Haines and Langbart provide a focused description of the contents of every one of the more than 278 classifications the bureau uses to organise its efforts. They also include descriptions of special, unclassified records, and a full explanation of the FOIA, with a sample letter requesting access under the act; FBI organisational charts; a sample showing how the bureau sanitises documents; and other information.
As with personal bibliographies, a common type of corporate bibliography is a list (or catalog) of books owned by an organization--the fact of the books' provenance can often be of interest to to researchers, as in the following: