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German-American Bank. Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, MO, 1986


The Library has an extensive collection of banking periodicals, including many that extend back to into the nineteenth century. For the most part, United States banking periodicals are classed in HG1501. United Kingdom and Commonwealth periodicals on banks and banking are classed at HG1503, while those published in other countries are classed at HG1505. Directories, yearbooks, statistical publications, and Federal Reserve periodical publications are classed elsewhere.

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German-American Bank. Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, MO, 1986.
Forms part of: Historic American Buildings Survey
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
Reproduction Number: HABS MO,11-SAJOE,8--7 (CT)

American banking periodicals are naturally excellent sources of information on the history of banking in this country and the individual states. With respect to finance and banking, these periodicals provide detailed information about the development of the industry, bank operations, bank technology, and new lines of business. They are also a rich resource for studying the history of trade and professional associations. Most periodicals provide regular news of association activities and detailed coverage of conventions. They also provide a detailed and fascinating picture of crime, criminals, and constantly developing means of protecting legitimate bank business against criminals.

Legislative, regulatory, and judicial actions played increasingly important roles in banking, and this fact is amply demonstrated in the news and features of these periodicals. Banking publications mirror the changing topics of national debate on money, banking, finance, and the economy.

Banking periodicals are excellent sources of information on national economic and business conditions, as well as the ways in which businesses adapted to cope with changes in those conditions. Researchers will find reliable information about businesses and business conditions in various regions of the country. Bankers were central to all business activity, and needed to be thoroughly informed about contemporary conditions as well as all factors that might affect business prospectively. For this reason, banking periodicals are a good source of information on many industries, such as agricultural products and livestock, railroads, mining, and real estate. Many banking periodicals are also excellent sources of information on foreign business and economic conditions. Even regional banking journals, particularly those covering geographic areas that produced marketable goods, report extensively on foreign commerce and banking.

For anyone doing local history or genealogical research these periodicals may furnish excellent information as well as photographs. Many, especially regional periodicals, published biographical sketches, anniversary or retirement features, and obituaries of those who had been active in the industry.

The HF1501 periodicals selected for attention in this assessment guide are separated into three broad groups: those intended for a national audience, those dedicated to regional interests, and a sampling of those that were short-lived. Each entry provides a brief description of the content of a periodical, its call number, all title changes with related Library of Congress catalog record numbers, and a summary of holdings found at the time of this review in 2013. Holdings reported on the Library of Congress catalog records will reflect additions and other changes, and will indicate those volumes which are stored off site. Please note that titles stored off site must be requested at least a day in advance.

Last updated: 4/14/2014

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