Corporate annual reports and SEC filings are the raw materials used for content analysis by researchers examining company histories, corporate strategy, risk, disclosures about environmental and human capital, governance & communication differences to name just a few areas of inquiry. Villanova now has access to collections of these documents in Mergent Archives listed on Databases A-Z and the Business Subject page.
The historical glossy annual report collection includes US companies as well as Canadian, European, Latin American, Africa, Middle Eastern, and Asian. There are over one million reports in the collection going back to the 19th Century. Full runs for all firms are not immediately available, but this is a growing collection and efforts are being made to achieve full coverage.
The collection, which is in in Adobe PDF format, can be searched by company name, country, and year. The SEC historical collection (also in PDF format) includes only 10-K, 11-K, and 20-F filings from 1970 to 1995. They can be searched by company name, year, and state.
In addition, the Mergent Archives platform includes historical Moody’s/Mergent Manuals covering the industrial, transportation, banking and finance, public utility, international, and OTC sectors. Also included are the CRB Commodity Yearbooks from 1939 to present. Each volume includes data tables and contemporaneous market analysis for commodities from apples to ethanol, soybeans to zinc.
Linda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is the Business Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.