Answered By: Cynthia Churchwell
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016     Views: 220

The R. G. Dun & Company Credit Report Volumes Collection consists of 2,580 manuscript volumes of credit reports dating from the 1840s to the 1880s.  The collection has an alphabetical index of business and personal names for each county or major city of each state or territory.

For patrons qualifying for in-person access, you will need names and locations of the entries by state and county to search the collection. A complete listing of the volumes available can be found at

For patrons qualifying for in-person access, we can conduct a search for names in the indexes. There is an hourly fee for this service, and a maximum search time of two hours.  These requests are usually handled within four weeks upon receipt of the request and results will be mailed upon payment. Patrons are billed for search time whether or not designated names are located in the appropriate volumes.

To request a search, please describe your research topic and project (dissertation, article, book, etc.). Return a signed copy of the application along with a list of names to be searched and the appropriate states and counties. Please include the volume numbers listed in the guide to the R.G. Dun & Co. Collection.

Baker Library Historical Collections staff will mail the research results to the patron, including the Dun volumes and page numbers for any names found, after payment is received. We cannot provide transcription services for the R.G. Dun & Co. Collection. Due to their fragile condition, the Dun volumes cannot be photocopied and are not eligible for self service digital photography.