Chamber of Commerce of the United States photographs and videos

About this collection

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America formed in 1912 with the purpose of advising the government on issues facing industry and business throughout the country. The majority of images in this digital collection are photographs that were taken for the Chamber’s publication, Nation’s Business. Published from 1912 to 1999, the monthly magazine proved invaluable in communicating the Chamber’s messages to business and government, and the magazine featured images by many of the country’s most prominent photographers. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the Chamber's Nation's Business photographs, click here to view the finding aid.

    To learn more about the photographs from Nation’s Business, visit our online exhibit, 100 Years of Picturing the Nation's Business.
    Image: "The Oath." Click to view.

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The Story of Creative Capital
Animated film on the history of capital and industry in the United States. Based on the 1955 pamphlet 'This Is du Pont: The Story of Creative Capital', it demonstrates the effect of personal investment on the broader American economy.
People, Products and Progress, 1975
Arch Booth, Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, narrates an animated vision of technologies and innovations possible in the year 1975, as predicted by representatives of various American industries. Industries mentioned include fertilizer, home building, natural gas, cement, steel, lumber, transportation, hotels. The education system is also covered.
Saving Medicare
A national town meeting hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the future of Medicare. Includes remarks by Richard Lesher, Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich and a question and answer panel with Gingrich and former presidential candidate, Ross Perot. Hosted by Bruce Josten, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Meryl Comer: Medicare
Meryl Comer does on camera opens for a segment on Medicare. Also includes Comer doing a voiceover for a segment as well.
Biznet Productions Mono Version
An explanation of how viewers can see BizNet is included. Statements from Paul Thayer (Chairman, LTV Corporation), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Edwin Meese III (Counselor to the President), Robert Roland (President, Chemical Manufacturers Assoc.), Thacher Longstreth (President, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce), Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-Texas), O.H. Delchamps, Jr. (Chairman, Delchamps, Inc.) and Richard Lesher (President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce).
Biznet Promo
An update on the launch of BizNet and some of the telecasts that were presented. Includes excerpts from programs that previously aired such as Washington Watch, BizNet Talking Business, Breakfast Bunch, Small Business Report, and Chamber to Chamber. Some speakers include Jim Baker (White House Chief of Staff), Dan Kush (U.S. Chamber), Catherine England (American Heritage Foundation), Larry Kudlow (Office of Management & Budget), Timothy Howard (Fed. Mortgage Association), Richard Bond (Republican National Committee), William Sweeney (Democratic National Committee), Richard Thaxton (National Assoc. of Realtors), Jim Sanders (Small Business Admin), and Jim Brown (Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce).
It's Your Business: The Roaring Stock Market
Episode Number 933. Moderator Meryl Comer interviews experts on their speculation for the future of the stock market. Guests include Dr. Richard Lesher (U.S. Chamber of Commerce), James Glassman (American Enterprise Institute), Charles Allmon (Growth Stock Outlook) and Robert Mewshaw (Van Sant & Mewshaw, Inc.).
It's Your Business: Clean Air
Episode Number 935. Moderator Meryl Comer interviews experts on air pollution and new EPA regulations. Guests include Dr. Richard Lesher (U.S. Chamber of Commerce), Representative Ron Klink (Democrat, Pennsylvania), Representative Dennis Kucinich (Democrat, Ohio), Paul Billings (American Lung Association).
It's Your Business: Capitalism in Trouble
Episode Number 964. Exclusive interview with George Soros (Chairman, Soros Fund Management). Guests include James Glassman (American Enterprise Institute), Jurek Martin (Financial Times), Edward Yingling (American Bankers Association) and William Beach (The Heritage Foundation). Walter Murphy (Senior Market Analyst, Merrill Lynch) gives a stock market forecast. Lastly, an interview with Nicholas Negroponte (Director, The Media Lab, MIT).
A Look at the U.S. Chamber
Includes Richard Lesher, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Bruce Josten, Senior Vice President, Membership Policy ; Carl Grant, Senior Vice President, Communications; Larry Kraus, Senior Vice President, Administration. Program explains the three entities-Groups, Divisions and Affiliates, that make up the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
NAFTA Yes!: National Town Meeting
Excerpts from National Town Meeting that took place on November 1, 1993. Meryl Comer hosted the Meeting. Includes various U.S. Chamber employees as well as politicians for the passage of the treaty.
It's Everybody's Business
Film explains the process of owning a business and how the business system works in the United States.
Richard Lesher Public Service Announcements
Film transfer of Public Service Announcements with Dr. Richard L. Lesher, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. First PSA explains how government regulations affect taxpayers and their purchases. (00:00:13:00); Second PSA describes the Federal Spending clock created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that shows how much the U.S. government spends each minute. Includes Treasury Secretary William Simon. (00:02:15:00).
Estee Lauder-one segment
Short Living Legends segment on makeup entrepreneur Estee Lauder.
S.I. Newhouse-Newhouse Publishing Company
Short Living Legends segment on publisher S.I. Newhouse.
Juan Trippe-Pan Am
Short Living Legends segment on airline executive Juan Trippe.
Samuel Goldwyn-MGM
Short Living Legends segment on movie producer Samuel Goldwyn
Louis B. Mayer
Short Living Legends segment on movie producer Louis B. Mayer.
Estee Lauder
Short Living Legends segment on makeup entrepreneur Estee Lauder.
Jack C. Massey
Living Legends segment on restaurant franchise entrepreneur Jack C. Massey.
Marvin Bower
Living Legends segment, part one, on management consultant Marvin Bower.
Harry Cunningham
Living Legends segment, part one, on Kmart founder, Harry Cunningham.
T.A. Wilson
Living Legends segment, part one, on Boeing executive, T.A. Wilson.
Trammel Crow
Living Legends segment, part one, on real estate mogul, Trammel Crow.
James Burke
Living Legends segment, part two, on Johnson & Johnson CEO, James Burke.