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Mar 09 2018
Banking History

Pittsburgh Banking Ledgers

The latest additions to the Newman Portal are a set of ledgers from two 19th century Pittsburgh banks, loaned by Wayne Homren for scanning. Although large format volumes, the Newman Portal has several options for scanning and is able to process material of varying sizes. These books, luckily saved by Homren at the last minute from destruction, capture the corporate proceedings of the institutions and detail the inner workings of banks of that era. They were produced in neat, easily readable script but are best viewed on a large screen. Included are articles of incorporation, stockholder lists, and other administrative data. While there are many sources for published material ranging from booksellers to libraries to the Internet, access to manuscript material such as this has heretofore been problematic. With today’s technology these barriers are disappearing, and we are pleased to have a role in making such resources widely available.

Link to 1822-1824 Merchant’s and Manufacturers Minute Book (1822-1824): https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/archivedetail/524944

Link to Minute Book (1864): https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/542949

Link to Bank of Pittsburgh Minute Book (1834-1843): https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/542947

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