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American Bank Note Company Records, 1860-1987

Creator:
American Bank Note Company
Brooks, Charles
Ochs, Herman
Collector:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI
Donor:
AB Note Company
Physical description:
3.3 cu. ft. : 5 boxes
Type:
Business records
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Photographs
Photograph albums
Stock certificates
Place:
United States
Canada
El Salvador
Hawaii
Haiti
Peru
Date:
1860
1860-1987
19th century
20th century
Notes:
First founded in 1795 as Murray, Draper, Fairham & Company, the American Bank Note Company developed into the United States' foremost high security engraving and printing firm in the years prior to the Civil War. It produced paper money, postage stamps, stock and bond certificates. After the Civil War, it produced paper money and stamps for foreign governments, including Canada and Haiti. In 1879, it merged with the National Bank Note and Continental Bank Note companies.
Summary:
The collection includes correspondence with various banks and foreign governments, especially those of Canadian provinces, regarding their banknotes or postal stamps; client files, mostly with various companies that contracted with American Bank Note Company to engrave their stock certificates, but also including files regarding two engravers, Herman Ochs and Charles Brooks, who worked for ABNC; framed items including photographs and letters of appreciation; photographs and photograph albums, showing interior scenes of the ABNC's plants, shop floors with employees at work in various aspects of production, plant facilities such as the cafeteria and the hospital, plant expansion or renovation, and exteriors of the plants.
Cite as:
American Bank Note Company Records, 1860-1987, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Bank notes
Buildings--Repair and reconstruction
Cafeterias
Engravers
Engraving
Engraving, American
Hospitals
Interior architecture
Industrial history
Photography, Industrial
Industrial interiors
Industrial workers
Paper money
Postage-stamp printing
Postage stamps
Printing
Printing--History
Printing--Instruments
Printing industry
Printing machinery and supplies
Printing plants
Printing presses
Safety paper
Stock certificates
Local number:
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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