The Centre for Business History in Stockholm preserves and presents corporate history. We are a non-profit association whose customers are our members. We are the corporate archivists who manage over 7,000 corporate archives. We are the business consultants who empower companies to discover, access and use their own unique heritage. We highlight the untold stories from Swedish corporate history.
Every company has a story. A heritage that is unique to that organization. You find it in photos, meeting notes, marketing material, business deals and internal memos. It can be 1, 10 or 100 years old. Regardless, it is a narrative that builds trust and creates new business, a leverage that we like to call history marketing.
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.
In our archives in Bromma, next to Stockholm, our professional archivists manage over 7,000 corporate archives for their 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. Yes, we are 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.
The Centre for Business History in Sweden is organized as a non-profit association. Our members, primarily companies and organizations, are also our owners. We are not linked to any specific university or organization. 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 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.
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.