Knowledge Base

Overview of the Bass Collection


The Bass Business History Collection began in 1955 with the purpose of collecting and preserving materials relating to the history of business and industry. The collection contains books, microforms, videos and journals on a number of topics including the histories of business leaders and firms and the economic, social and political forces that influence the role of business in society.

In addition to a number of general reference items, the Collection houses close to 2000 rare books as well as manuscripts including the archives of J. and W. Seligman Company. The Bass Collection also holds the publications from the Retail Intelligence System (formerly known as Management Horizons). Our most recent acquistion is the Robert Kahn Collection on Retailing History.

The Bass Collection is housed separately in the Bizzell Memorial Library with its own security and environmental control systems. The materials in the collection do not circulate and are not available for Interlibrary Loan. All visitors are welcome and staff will provide research assistance to the extent that our resources allow.


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