The Centre for Business History in Stockholm preserves and presents corporate history. We are a non-profit association and our customers are our members. We help our member companies preserve their historical material in structured archives. We also help them use their history as a strategic asset, a practice called history marketing. Ultimately, we also lift the untold stories from Sweden’s business history.
To actively preserve and present your company’s history is to invest in your brand, your organization and your business. At the Centre for Business History, we’ve worked since 1974 with exactly that: preserving and presenting corporate stories. And in doing so, we’re also preserving Sweden’s business history.
The Centre for Business History is organized as a non-profit association. Like any non-profits, we are ultimately owned by our members – and the members in our case are the companies and organizations we work with. We finance our activities through membership fees and commercial services, that we offer our members and other companies. To be able to offer these commercial services, we operate the service company, Centrum för Näringslivshistoria AB, which is wholly owned by the non-profit association Föreningen Centrum för Näringslivshistoria. Our research projects are financed by external trusts and research grants. We are politically independent and all our work is based on scientific, historical grounds.
In our archives in Bromma, next to Stockholm, our professional archivists manage over 7,000 corporate archives on behalf of the corporations’ management and owners. This means over 70,000 shelf meters of photographs, advertisements, prototypes, company magazines, packaging, board notes, project plans, design sketches, films and audio tapes. This also makes us one of the world’s leading business archives.
We also show how business in general contributes to society’s development. Our research centre highlights the untold stories of Swedish business society.
We welcome schools, organizations, researchers and media to visit our archives. You may need clearance from the company whose archive you want to visit, but we’ll help you apply for that.
Over the years we have initiated, produced and published books based on the source material that is found in our archives. Initially we did this in cooperation with other publishers, but since 2016, we run our own publishing house, called Business History Publishing. .