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, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond commemorated the Bank’s first 100 years. Spotlight featured a new item each week highlighting something different about the Bank, its people, and the culture that has been built over its history.
|Dec. 30, 2014||
Richmond and the Fifth District Look Forward to Another 100 Years
Richmond and the Fifth District have grown together over the past 100 years.
|Dec. 23, 2014||
President Wilson Thanks Governor Seay
President Woodrow Wilson sent a letter of thanks to FRB Richmond Governor George Seay.
|Dec. 16, 2014||
FRB Richmond Negotiates Land Prices, 1916
A letter from the Virginia Trust Company to the Richmond Fed, negotiating the price of land at Ninth and Franklin Streets.
|Dec. 9, 2014||
Video of Cornerstone Ceremony for Byrd Street Building
The cornerstone ceremony for the new FRB Richmond building, December 8, 1977.
|Dec. 2, 2014||
Original Bank Design Competition
The eight entries in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond design competition.
|Nov. 25, 2014||
FRB Richmond Celebrates 30 Years
A letter from Federal Reserve Board Chairman Marriner Eccles thanking Richmond for all they had done during the first 30 years.
|Nov. 18, 2014||
FRB Richmond Opens on November 16, 1914
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond officially opened for business on November 16, 1914.
|Nov. 13, 2014||
First Day, 1914
The Richmond Fed opened on November 16, 1914, at 1109 East Main Street in Richmond.
|Nov. 11, 2014||
FRB Richmond Building, 1984
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond dedicated its new and current headquarters on November 14, 1978.
|Nov. 6, 2014||
In 1959, the Board of Directors established resident auditors at each branch.
|Nov. 4, 2014||
FRB Richmond Under Construction
Workmen placed the last piece of steel on the future home of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond at 12:15 p.m. October 30, 1976.
|Oct. 28, 2014||
Moving Instructions, 1921
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond employees were given moving instructions ahead of the relocation to the building at 9th and Franklin Streets.
|Oct. 23, 2014||
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bank’s headquarters took place on April 18, 1975.
|Oct. 21, 2014||
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Building, 1921
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond moved into its new building at 9th and Franklin Streets on October 22, 1921.
|Oct. 16, 2014||
The Richmond Fed’s Boards of Directors marked a first in 1993 when all three chairs were female.
|Oct. 14, 2014||
Governor Seay and Senator Glass Debate the Power of the Federal Reserve Board
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Governor George Seay and Senator Carter Glass debate the power of the Federal Reserve board over the regional banks.
|Oct. 9, 2014||
The Richmond Fed’s three cash offices processed about 3 billion notes in 2013.
|Oct. 7, 2014||
Williams Congratulates Seay
On October 5, 1914, John Skelton Williams, Comptroller of the Currency, sent a telegram of congratulations to George Seay, who had just been voted the first governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
|Oct. 2, 2014||
The Richmond Fed’s geographic territory ranks eighth in the Fed System in size.
|Sept. 30, 2014||
Richmond Fed Wins Bowling Championship, 1924
The Richmond Fed was the American Institute of Banking’s bowling league champion for 1924-1925.
|Sept. 25, 2014||
The Bank used to operate check processing centers in every state of the Fifth District.
|Sept. 23, 2014||
Baltimore Branch, 1928
A photo of the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 1928.
|Sept. 18, 2014||
Robert D. McTeer, Jr. went from leading the Baltimore branch to becoming president of the Dallas Fed.
|Sept. 16, 2014||
Charlotte Branch, 1956
A photo of the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, 1956.
|Sept. 11, 2014||
James F. Tucker
James F. Tucker became our first African-American officer in 1974 as a vice president in Research.
|Sept. 9, 2014||
Fiscal Agency Department, 1918
A photo of the Bond Department of the Fiscal Agency Department in late fall 1918.
|Sept. 4, 2014||
When the Baltimore branch moved on September 4, 1928, so did $6 million in cash.
|Sept. 2, 2014||
Bank Holiday of March 1933
A telegram from Deputy Governor Broaddus to the Charlotte Branch, spelling out the stipulations of the March 1933 bank holiday.
|Aug. 28, 2014||
Our seven leaders have come from a variety of fields.
|Aug. 26, 2014||
A Letter of Remittance to the Charlotte Branch
A remittance letter to the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 1929.
|Aug. 21, 2014||
The Communications and Records Center opened in 1969 in rural Virginia.
|Aug. 19, 2014||
Photo of Richmond Fed After Completion of 1931 North Addition
A photo of the 1931 addition to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond building.
|Aug. 14, 2014||
First Female Officer
Elizabeth W. Angle was named assistant vice president of Research in 1970.
|Aug. 12, 2014||
George Seay Signs Oath to Become Class B Director of the Richmond Fed
On August 12, 1914, George Seay signed an Oath of Director and became a Class B Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
|Aug. 7, 2014||
The Richmond Fed's first computer was installed in June 1962.
|Aug. 5, 2014||
George Seay is Elected Class B Director of the Richmond Fed
A letter from the Federal Reserve Bank Organization Committee notifying George Seay that he had been elected as a Class B Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
|July 31, 2014||
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 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