About the Business & Economics Library


The Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics holds a contemporary collection of over 400,000 books and over 1,000 journal titles.  Special focus is placed on the topics of accounting, business economics, business history, management of organizations, management science, operations management, corporate and international finance, international economics, corporate relations, security analysis, marketing, money and financial markets, and labor.

Watson has an extensive collection of databases and electronic resources.  Remote access is restricted to current Columbia students, faculty and staff. 

Alumni have access to a small set of databases from off campus.  For more information about using the Columbia Libraries consult the Alumni and Friends website.

The materials housed in Watson are from 2000 to curent; older materials are kept at the Libraries' off site storage facility. 

Watson Library maintains the following collections:

  • Disclosure microfiche
    This collection contains annual Reports to Stockholders, 10Ks, Prospectuses and Proxies for NYSE and ASE companies from 1969 to 1994.  The fiche are kept in the Periodicals and Microform Reading Room in Butler Library.
  • Historical Coporate Annual Reports
    Watson own a unique collection of historical annual reports.  The majority of the reports predate the 1934 Securities Exchange Act which regulated and standardized reporting.  All reports are housed in offsite storage. 
  • Scudder collection
    Marvyn Scudder, the editor of the Marvyn Scudder Manual of Extinct and Obsolete Companies and the country's most famous stock detective, donated the collection to Columbia in 1921. The collection contains more than 3,000,000 pages of documentary material on thousands of United States and foreign corporations. Although there is a small number of annual reports in the collection, reports from almost 5000 companies are available in the complementary collection of Historical Corporate Annual Reports. This collection is housed in our offsite material and must be requested through the Rare Books and Manuscript Library.