Richmond Fed History

Spotlight

From the archives of the Richmond Fed, Spotlight features some of the more interesting documents, images and other artifacts from its long history.

During 2014, as the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond commemorates the Bank's first 100 years, Spotlight will feature a new item each week highlighting something different about the Bank, its people and the culture that built it a century ago.

 

 
Date Title
July 31, 2014 Charlotte 1928

Charlotte processed almost 6.6 million checks in its first full year of operation.

July 29, 2014 Photo and Biography of William T. Clements, First Cashier of the Charlotte Branch

A photo and brief biography of William T. Clements, the first cashier of the Charlotte branch when it opened in 1927.

July 24, 2014 Baltimore Checks

Baltimore reached its peak year of check processing in 2005.

July 22, 2014 1920 Report from the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Fed

One of the first reports from the Baltimore branch, which opened on March 1, 1918.

July 17, 2014 The Fed Experience Opens

The Richmond Fed opened The Fed Experience July 13, 2010.

July 15, 2014 Photo and Biography of Albert H. Dudley, Manager of the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Fed

A photo and brief biography of Albert H. Dudley, who was named manager of the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Fed in 1922.

July 10, 2014 The Charlotte Branch Opens

The Charlotte office opened on December 1, 1927.

July 8, 2014 Baltimore Branch WWII Employee Ceremony, 1947

On January 24, 1947, the Baltimore Branch honored those employees who served during World War II.

July 3, 2014 The Baltimore Branch Opens

The Baltimore office opened on March 1, 1918.

July 1, 2014 WWII Richmond Fed Savings Bond Poster

A poster distributed by the Richmond Fed encouraging employees to buy U.S. War Savings Bonds.

June 26, 2014 Richmond is Granted a Regional Reserve Bank

Richmond learned it would house a regional Reserve Bank on April 2, 1914.

June 24, 2014 Photo and Biography of Caldwell Hardy, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Federal Reserve Agent for the Richmond Fed

A photo and brief biography of Caldwell Hardy, who was named Chairman of the Board of Directors and Federal Reserve Agent for the Richmond Fed in 1916.

June 17, 2014 1940 Industrial Advisory Committee Report to the Board of Governors

A report from the Richmond Fed Industrial Advisory Committee to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors arguing that the power to make significant loans to non-bank entities not be repealed.

June 10, 2014 Photo of the 1923 Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Women's Basketball Team

A photo of the Richmond Fed women’s basketball team from 1923.

June 3, 2014 Photo of the 1918 Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Baseball Team

A photo of the Richmond Fed baseball team taken May 30, 1918.

May 27, 2014 Photo and Biography of Charles A. Peple, Deputy Governor of the Richmond Fed

A photo and brief biography of Charles A. Peple, who was named deputy governor of the Richmond Fed in July 1915.

May 20, 2014 Minutes from the First Meeting to Organize the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

The minutes from the first meeting to organize the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

May 13, 2014 Picture and Biography of M. G. Wallace, the Richmond Fed's First Permanent Counsel

A photo and brief biography of M. G. Wallace, the first permanent counsel for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

May 6, 2014 Letter of Recommendation for George Seay

A letter to Oliver Sands recommending George Seay for governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

April 29, 2014 Governor Seay Response to Baltimore

Letter by Governor George Seay responding to Baltimore’s protest of Richmond’s winning bid as home of the Fifth District

April 22, 2014 Telegram from Governor George Seay to John Skelton Williams

Telegram from George Seay to Comptroller of the Currency John Skelton Williams, who named the Richmond Fed home of the Fifth District

April 15, 2014 Early Photos of the Site of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Three photos that show the proposed site and eventual laying of the cornerstone of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond building at 9th and Franklin Streets.

April 8, 2014 Document Announcing the Laying of the Cornerstone

The program from the laying of the cornerstone.

April 1, 2014 Biography of Hugh Leach

A picture and brief biography of Hugh Leach, the second president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

March 25, 2014 George Seay Retirement Invitation

The retirement invitation for George Seay, the first governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

March 18, 2014 Vintage Thompson Machine Gun

A photo of a vintage Thompson machine gun.

March 11, 2014 Letter from Governor George Seay Addressing Bank Truck Robbery

A letter written by Governor George Seay to member banks in the District outlining the Bank’s response to a truck robbery.

March 4, 2014 Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Armored Truck

A photo of an armored truck owned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Feb. 25, 2014 The Detex Newman Watchclock

The watchclock used for decades by the Richmond Fed’s Protection Department.

Feb. 18, 2014 Letter From George Seay on Behalf of the "Committee on Locating Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond"

A letter written by George Seay detailing the reasons Richmond should be chosen as a Federal Reserve Bank location.

Feb. 11, 2014 Statement Comparing Richmond With Other Prospective Reserve Bank Cities

A report comparing the population and land values of Richmond with other potential Reserve Bank locations.

Feb. 4, 2014 The Original Seal of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

The tool once used by the Bank to stamp its seal on stock certificates issued to member banks

Jan. 28, 2014 George Seay's Honorary Colonel Certificate from the Commonwealth of Virginia

The Richmond Fed's first governor was awarded the title of honorary colonel by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1910.

Jan. 21, 2014 Picture and Biography of George Seay, the Richmond Fed's First Governor

From the employee publication Fun and Finance, June 1922, comes a photo and one-page biography of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's first governor, George Seay.

Jan. 14, 2014 Telegram Announcing the Opening of the Richmond Fed's Office, November 16, 1914

Telegram about the announcement of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond opening

Jan. 7, 2014 The Original Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Building (1914)

Photo of the original building of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in 1914

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