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Upstate New York Bank Checks Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 19 Jun 2018

Biographical History

The United States National Banking System was created by the National Banking Acts of 1863 and 1864, which provided for a system of banks to be chartered by the federal government and employed various means to encourage banks to submit to federal oversight. Partly as a result of this legislation, many banks began offering "demand deposit accounts" also known as checking accounts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Upstate New York Bank Checks Collection consists of engraved checks (some of them rather ornate in design) from banks in upstate New York. Banks represented includ the First National Bank of Cooperstown, the Importers Traders National Bank, Sisson & Chapman Banking Office, the Oneida Valley National Bank, and the Farmers' National Bank of Hudson.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Central New York Trade Catalogs and Business Ephemera collection.

Subject Headings


Banking -- New York (State)
Business enterprises -- New York (State)


New York (State) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Checks (bank checks)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Upstate New York Bank Checks Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2013.

Table of Contents

Financial records