Business Archive Council

The Business Archives Council, formed in 1934, promotes the preservation of business records of historical importance, supplies advice and information on business archives and modern records, encourages interest in and study of business history and archives, and provides a forum for the custodians and users of business archives. A newsletter is sent out quarterly, and an annual conference is held which gives members an opportunity to meet to hear papers on themes of current interest. Read more...

Bursaries and Prizes

The Council awards a Business Archives Council Bursary each year, up to the value of £1,000. Read more...

The Council also organises the annual Wadsworth Prize, awarded to the historian whose book, in the view of the judges, has made an outstanding contribution to business history in that year.


The Council produces two journals, Business Archives: Principles and Practice and Business Archives: Sources and History which are each published annually. Business Archives: Principles and Practice is currently edited by Valerie Johnson, and features articles on issues of interest to archivists of business records, as well as book reviews and an annual bibliography. Business Archives: Sources and History, edited by Mike Anson, is directed towards historians and their use of business archives. It also includes book reviews, a bibliography for the previous year as well as a comprehensive list of new business records deposited in both national and local archives.
Those wishing to submit an article should direct enquiries to the respective editor via this link.


Business Archives Council members include business organisations, libraries, archivists, record managers, business people and historians. Concessionary student membership is available. For details of membership and for other general enquiries, please contact the Secretary, Karen Sampson, via this link.

The Council's website is  here.

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