Richmond Fed History


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
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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