Documenting the recent past can present a number of challenges for academics and archivists for any number of reasons, and documenting business history can have some unique challenges. This recent partnership between the Library of Congress, the Center for History and New Media, and the University of Maryland Libraries brings together business plans and related planning documents from the early days of the “dot com” boom and subsequent bust. The homepage contains information about recent additions to the site and the “research corner” provides guidelines and recommendations for studying companies. Visitors will need to register (at no charge) to use the archive and they can search the materials through a fine online search engine provided here. Finally, users will want to definitely take a look at video coverage from 2004 where thirteen dot com “survivors” provided some insights into their business operations during this heady period.
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