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

Regional Banking Periodicals

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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)

Following each title, there is a brief description of the content, as well as the call number, all title changes and their LC catalog record numbers, and a summary of the holdings located in the general collections at the time of this review in 2013. Note that these holdings may differ somewhat from the holdings reported on the Library of Congress catalog records..

California Banker's Magazine
LC Call Number: HG1501.C2
LC Catalog Record Number: ca08002182

California Banker's Magazine was published to provide data and other information related to banking, finance, commerce, and real estate. It published financial and banking information from all parts of the world in addition to California, Oregon, Washington, and the eastern United States. It includes regular reports on the London Money Market, bank clearinghouse activities, mortgage and loan rates, legal cases pertinent to banking, business conditions, and Congressional activity relevant to money and banking. In addition, the publication includes information on such topics as irrigation bonds, wine production, and Asian markets and business conditions. Reflecting the fact that silver was a major political issue of the 1890s, the publication has numerous articles about silver and silver laws.


v.1:no.1-v.1:no.11 (1890:May-1891:Mar.), v.3:no.2-v.17:no.1 (1891:June-1898:May)

Image of Carload of Mammoth Oranges from California, 1909
Carload of mammoth navel oranges from California, 1909

Chicago Banker
LC Call Number: HG1501.C5
LC Catalog Record: sf84001189

The Library has a full set of this title. Until late 1902, it consists primarily of feature articles, but thereafter provides extensive short news items as well as features. Despite its focus upon the Midwest, Chicago Banker provides extensive coverage of banking and economic conditions in all regions of the country, as well as reports on banking and finance around the world. It regularly reports on relevant legislative and other government actions, reserve requirements, mint activity, money in circulation, commodities, stock exchanges, and trust companies. This title covers news about banking personnel extensively and includes many feature articles about individual bankers. It also covers activities of banking professional associations and meetings.

Although some of the earliest volumes are fragile, full text of selected volumes from 1899-1901 is available online from the Hathi Trust Digital Library..
Holdings with Title Changes
Chicago Banker
LC Catalog Record: sf84001189
v.1:no.1-v.9:no.3 (1899:Jan.-1901:Nov.) Chicago Banker Magazine
LC Catalog Record: sf85001192
v.9:no.4-v.12:no2 (1901:Dec.-1902:Oct.) Chicago Banker: A weekly paper devoted to the banking and financial interests of the Middle West
LC Catalog Record: 08017463
v.12:no.3-v.92:no.8 (1902:Nov.27-1941:Aug.30) Below:
Image of Illinois Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, 1900
Illinois Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, 1900

Western Banker
LC Call number: HG1501.C7
LC Catalog Record: 54059793

Western Banker contains detailed coverage of banks, bankers, and banking in the Western states. It features articles focusing on bank operations, new technologies, bank deposits and loans, foreign banks, money laundering, and on earthquakes and other contemporary topics. When Western Banker was sold to a new publisher at the end of 1984, it began renumbering its volumes; closing 1983 with vol. 140 and beginning 1984 with volume 77.

Coast Banker covers business interests of the Pacific Coast and slope, especially its banks, bonds, and high grade securities. It published general features about foreign banking and trade; investor services, bond houses and bond markets; bond offerings; foreign exchange; commercial paper; bank business development and operations; local industries; and reports on banks and banking in Western states and Hawaii..

Image of Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland, Ohio, 2009

Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland, Ohio, 2009

Holdings with Title Changes

Coast Banker
LC Catalog Record: 2013210641
v.24:no.4 (1920:Apr.), v.24:no. 6 (1920:June)
v.29:no.1-v.30:no.2 (1922:July-1923:Feb.)
v.33:no.4 (1924:Sept.)
v.35:no.1-v.49:no. 6 (1925:July-1932:Dec.)
Coast banker and Pacific Banker
LC Catalog Record: 2013210642
v. 50:no.1-v. 56:no. 6 (1933:Jan.-1936:June)
Coast banker and Pacific Banker and California Banker
LC Catalog Record: 2013210643
v.57:no.1-v. 57:no.6 (1936:July-1936:Dec.)
Coast Banker
LC Catalog Record: 2013210644
v. 58:no.2-v. 62:no.6 (1937:Feb.-1939:June)
Western Banker
LC Catalog Record: 54059793
v.98:no.1-v.101:no.5 (1957:June-1958:Nov.)
v.104:no.1-v.117:no.6 (1960:Jan-1966:Dec.)
v.118:no.4-v.137:no12 (1967:Apr.-1981:Dec.)
v.138:no.1-v.139:no.12 (1982:Jan.-1983:Dec) (Incomplete)
v,140:no.1-v.140:no.12 (1984:Jan.-1984/1985:Dec./Jan)
v.77:no.2-v.78:no.12 (1985:Feb.-1986:Dec.) (Incomplete)
v.79:no.1-v.80:no.11/12 (1987:Jan.-1988:Nov./Dec.)
v.81:no.3-v.81:no.4 (1989:Mar.-1989:Apr.)
v.83:no.1-v.84:no.1 (1990:Jan.-1991:Jan/Feb.)

Michigan Investor
LC Call Number: HG1501.M5
LC Catalog Record: 42049000

Michigan Investor reports primarily on banking and the financial industry in Michigan. It provides information on bond sales, personnel, bank sales and redemption notices, regulatory news, and banking association activities. From 1954 through1960, the Library's holdings consist only of the Proceedings of the annual conventions of the Michigan Bankers Association. In 1988, Michigan Investor merged with Northwestern Banker and Commercial West (LC Catalog Record: 88656033) to form Northwestern Financial Review (LC Catalog Record 89644360; LC Call Number: HF1.N75).
v.29:no.52 (1931:July 25), v.31:no.26 (1933:Jan.21),v.32:no.31-v.33:no.50 (1934:Feb.24-1935:July 6), v.34:no.21-v.38:no.24 (1935:Dec. 14-1939:Dec. 30), v.53:no.4 (1954:July 24), v.56:no.5 (1957:July 5),v.57:no.5 (1958:July 26),v.58:no.5 (1959:July 25),v.59:no.6 (1960:July 30), v.59:no.29-v.65:no.29 (1961:Jan.7-1966:Dec. 31), v.66:no.15 (1967:Sept. 23), v.83:no.34-v.87:no.4 (1985:Feb.8-1988:Sept.1) (Incomplete)

Midwestern Banker
LC Call number: HG1501.M55
LC Catalog Record: 60037304

Midwestern Banker is a source of information on banks and banking in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and later Ohio. It provides news on bank activities and changes, financials, bank quotations, and personnel, as well as on bank association activities. It carries news and feature articles about bonds and other securities, local business and industrial activity, national business conditions, and important legislative and regulatory government actions affecting banks. Each issue provides legal news affecting banks and lists prices of Wisconsin securities.


v.20:no.1-v.20:no.12 (1926:Jan.-1926:Dec.), v.27:no.1-v.45:no.12 (1933:Jan.-1951:Dec.), v.54:no.1-v.56:no.3 (1960:Jan.-1962:Mar.), v.57:no.1-v.60:no.12 (1963:Jan.-1966:Dec.), v.68:no.1-v.68:no.12 (1974:Jan.-1974:Dec.), v.72:no.1-v.73:no.12 (1978:Jan.-1979:Dec.)

Northwestern Banker
LC Call number: HG1501.N8
LC Catalog Record: 44020183

Northwestern Banker reports on banks and banking in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. It also covers developments in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere that affect the industry. It provides news about bank personnel and reports on various bankers' conventions. It includes features and news about important area industries, including agriculture.

In 1988, Northwestern Banker merged with Commercial West (LC Catalog Record: 88656033) and Michigan Investor (LC Catalog Record: 42049000 - LC Call Number: HG1501.M5) to form Northwestern Financial Review (LC Catalog Record: 89644360 - LC Call Number: HF1.N75).
    Image of Second Ward Savings Bank, Milwaukee, WI HABS

v.8:no.1-[v.23]:no.375 (1903:Jan.-1918:Dec.), [v.25]:no.399-[v.47]:no.665 (1920:Nov.-1942:Dec.), [v.66]:no.870-[v.66]:no.881 (1960:Jan.-1960:Dec.), [v.69]:no.906-[v.72]:no.1006 (1963:Jan.-1966:Dec.), [v.81]:no.1324-[v.81]:no.1335 (1974:Jan.-1974:Dec.) (Incomplete), [v.83]:no.1348-[v.86]:no.1395 (1976:Jan.-1979:Dec.), [v.92]:no.1456-[v.93]:no.1477 (1985:Jan.-1986:Oct.) (Incomplete)

Second Ward Savings Bank, Milwaukee, WI, HABS

Mid-Continent Banker
LC Call Number: HG1501.S3
LC Catalog Record: 49015855

Mid-Continent Banker and its predecessors provide detailed bank and banking news, particularly about banks in the Mississippi Valley and the Southwest. They features articles about banking practices, bonds and stocks, banking law and regulation, and bank personnel. They also provide news about railroads, agriculture and other industries important to bankers in the region.
Holdings with Title Changes

Commerce Monthly
LC Catalog Record: 2013204355
v.2:no.1-v.9:no.9 (1906:Jan.-1913:Sept.)
St. Louis Banker
LC Catalog Record 2013204356
v.9:no.10-v.13:no.12 (1913:Oct.-1917:Dec.)
Mid-Continent Banker
LC Catalog Record: 49015855
v.23:no.1-v.50:no.3 (1927:Jan-1954:Mar.), v.56:no.1-v.62:no.13 (1960:Jan.-1966:Dec.), V. 72:no.5 (1976:May), v.74:no.1-v.75:no.13 (1978:Jan.-1979:Dec.), v.76:no.12 (1980:Dec.)

Southern Banker
LC Call number: HG1501.S8
LC Catalog Record: ca09006258

The focus of Southern Banker is primarily upon banks and banking activity in the southern states, and it provides news by city and state. It prominently features personnel news. Throughout there are articles about bank equipment and bank management, as well as features about financial instruments and financial markets.


v.9:no.1-v.137:no.5 (1908:Jan.-1972:May), v.138:no.1-v.173:no.1 (1972:July-1991:Jan/Feb.)

Southwestern Banker
LC Call number: HG1501.T4
LC Catalog Record: 2013204353

The Southwestern Banker and its predecessors published national, regional and state news on banks and banking. It features numerous pictures of bank buildings and photographs of bankers. It published features about banking and about area industries of importance to bankers, such as cotton and other agricultural products, oil, and mining.


Texas Banker's Journal
LC Catalog Record: 08031784
v.1:no.1-v.16:no.7 (1907:Feb.-1916:July)
Southwestern Banker's Journal
LC Catalog Record: 2013204352
v.21:no.3-v.23:no.6 (1921:Mar.-1923:June),v.24:no.2-v.27:no.3 (1924:Feb-1927:Mar.)
Southwestern Banker
LC Catalog Record: 2013204359
2013204359 v.27:no.4-v.28:no.9 (1927:Apr.-1928:Sept.)

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