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- Strong, Benjamin, 1872-1928
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Benjamin Strong Collection
- Public Policy Papers
- Permanent URL:
- 1917-1950 (mostly 1925-1940)
- 17 boxes and 2 items
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-17
Benjamin Strong was a prominent New York banker who was instrumental in the foundation and success of the Federal Reserve Bank. This collection contains records pertaining to the former Benjamin Strong Collection of Foreign Public Finance in Princeton University Library, which was funded by Strong with the objective of acquiring books and original source material chronicling the development of foreign public finance, central banking, and international trade.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Contains records pertaining to the former Benjamin Strong Collection of Foreign Public Finance in Princeton University Library, which was funded by Strong with the objective of acquiring books and original source material chronicling the development of foreign public finance, central banking, and international trade. Included are correspondence (1925-1950) of librarians Laura S. Turnbull and James Thayer Gerould, bulletins, reports, committee files, and requests to foreign countries for related publications. Also present are selected personal files of Strong, containing correspondence and lists (1917-1919) concerning his collection of war currency and posters, and notes and reports regarding foreign debts and reparations in the post-World War I period.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Benjamin Strong was a prominent New York banker who was instrumental in the foundation and success of the Federal Reserve Bank. Born in 1872 in Fishkill-on-Hudson, New York, Strong attended high school in Montclair, New Jersey. He was hired at a private banking firm and later served as Assistant Secretary of the Atlantic Trust Company of New York and Secretary of the Metropolitan Trust Company of New York. In 1904, he became Secretary of the Bankers Trust Company, where he was subsequently elected Vice President, director, and President. In 1914, he left the company to become Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which was still in its developmental stages. As head of the Federal Reserve system, he was influential in the country's post-World War I economic recovery and in the creation of lasting fiscal policies. Strong died in 1928 of tuberculosis.
This collection was acquired through a transfer from the Princeton University Library. It is unclear from available information when this transfer occurred.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No information about appraisal is available for this collection.
- Processing Information:
An EAD finding aid was created in 2006 by Cristela Garcia-Spitz. A collection level description and inventory were created in Archivists Toolkit in 2008.Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
- Credit this material:
Benjamin Strong Collection; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Subject Terms:
- Bankers -- United States -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Banks and banking -- United States -- 20th century.
Banks and banking, Central -- United States -- 20th century.
Debts, Public -- Belgium -- 20th century.
Debts, Public -- France -- 20th century.
Debts, Public -- Germany -- 20th century.
Finance, Public -- Europe -- 20th century.
Finance, Public -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Librarians -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Reparations.
- Genre Terms:
- Princeton University. Library. Benjamin Strong Collection of Foreign Public Finance.
Turnbull, Laura S.
- United States -- Commerce -- History -- 20th century.