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Benjamin Strong Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Public Policy Papers [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Public Policy Papers. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Strong, Benjamin, 1872-1928

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.

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.

This collection was acquired through a transfer from the Princeton University Library. It is unclear from available information when this transfer occurred.

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.

No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Date
2001
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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.

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Serie I: Benjamin Strong World War I Files consists of selected materials collected by Strong on war currency, debts of foreign countries and German debts and reparations.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are grouped by subject: war currency and posters, foreign debts, and German debts and reparations.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence concerning the purchase of the materials by Benjamin Strong, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Lists, War Currency and Poster Collections, 1917-1919. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Re: Debts of Foreign Countries, 1922. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Re: German Debts and Reparations, 1923-1924. 2 boxes.
Scope and Contents

Includes memoranda and other papers by Edwin W. Kemmerer.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Series II: "Benjamin Strong Collection" contains documents and reports on the funding and development of the Benjamin Strong Collection of Foreign Public Finance including correspondence between the Princeton University Librarians related to sourcing and obtaining materials for building up the collection.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged by type of documentation: Cartels, Bibliographies, LIsts, and Notes; Committee correspondence and reports; Librarian's files; Bulletins, lists and memoranda; Requests for outside publiscations; and Miscellaneous materials.

Physical Description

13 boxes

Re: Cartels, Bibliographies, Lists, Notes, 1926-1936. 3 boxes.
Physical Description

3 boxes

Committee (Advisory), Correspondence, Reports, etc, 1929-1936. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Includes letters to and from Edwin W. Kemmerer.

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

Letters, 1925-1949. 1 item.
Scope and Contents

Includes letters and memoranda to and from Edwin W. Kemmerer.

Physical Description

1 item

Bulletins, Lists, Memoranda, etc, 1924-1949. 3 boxes.
Physical Description

3 boxes

Requests for Outside Publications, 1926-1935. 4 boxes.
Physical Description

4 boxes

Various Miscellaneous Items, 1930-1950. 2 boxes.
Physical Description

2 boxes

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