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Historical resources

The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a rich collection of material on the history and development of the accountancy profession, including a collection of online resources.

The Guide to historical resources

This guide highlights some of the material and the tools available within the ICAEW Library & Information collection that can be used by researchers to trace the history of the profession, the evolution of accounting practice and the lives of accountants.


Resources to help you research Chartered Accountants from the past

Accountancy practices

Resources to help you trace the history of accountancy practices

The Accountancy profession

A collection of resources on the history of the accountancy profession

ICAEW history

Resources on the history of ICAEW, its members and Chartered Accountants' Hall

Rare books

The ICAEW collection of historical accounting literature currently comprises over 4,000 volumes and includes works published from the 15th century to the early 20th century. The collection includes books and journals in a variety of languages.

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