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Pre-EDGAR (pre-1994) SEC Filings

Before the mid-1990s, SEC filings can be challenging to find because electronic filings weren't required and EDGAR didn't exist.

Online Sources

  • Mergent Archives – SEC filings from 1965-1995. 10-K coverage is the best, but there are some other filings, such as 20-F and 8K.
  • ProQuest Historical Annual Reports – Annual reports from over 800 leading North American companies from 1884 to 2008.

CD-ROMs & Microform

  • Laser Disclosure - Annual reports, 10-Ks, registrations, and proxies filed with the SEC from late 1988-2002. Access at the GSB Library – Ask Us for assistance.
  • Stanford Microform - Available in Green Library's Media & Microtext Center, holdings include Annual Report, 10-K, 20-F, Registration (includes prospectus), and Proxy (DEF 14 A). Dates vary and span 1950-1990
    • Annual Report (U.S.) 1950-68 (microcard)
    • Annual Report (U.S.) 1969-89 (fiche)
    • Annual Report (International - companies that traded in the US) 1984-90 (fiche)
    • 10-K 1967-89 (fiche)
    • Registration 1971-89 (fiche)
    • 20-F 1980-89 (fiche)
    • Proxy 1980-89 (fiche)
    • 12-K 1973-76 (fiche)
    • 18-K 1974-79 (fiche)
    • 19-K 1974-79 (fiche)
    • 20-K 1974-79 (fiche)
    • N-1R 1969-84 (fiche)
    • N-SAR-B 1984-87 (fiche)

Resources Beyond Stanford

Library Collections

  • Annual Reports at Academic Business Libraries - Listing of the historic Annual Reports (ARSs) holdings in the major research libraries. Reports can be obtained in accordance with each library's loan policy. Note: Stanford holdings in the database are now held by Harvard.
  • Collection of Historical Annual Reports - Digitized annual reports for about 40 companies from 1800-1955 by the Lippincott Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Answered By: Alice Kalinowski
Jan 19, 2024

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