What is a Minute Book?

Minute Book

Learn what minute books (also referred to as corporate record books) are and why they're important.

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What is a Minute Book?

A Minute Book is a corporate record book that contains all of the most important documentation about a corporation and its history. Some of the documents found in a minute book include:

  • Articles of Incorporation or Constating Documents
  • By-Laws
  • Resolutions
  • Shareholder Ledgers
  • Director Ledgers
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Consents

The use of minute books for storing important corporate governance records goes back decades and these forms of record books are used in countries all across the globe. Traditionally, they have been kept in physical binders with paper pages. More recently, storing minute books in digital format in the cloud has become the norm, owing to a number of benefits arising from the use of digital minute books including:

  • Enhanced security
  • Easier access to cloud records
  • Quick sharing with third-parties
  • Avoidance of risk from theft, flood, fire or other spoilage

Digital minute books are now created and maintained using entity management software and are typically stored in an entity management cloud.