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Guide to the Hibernia Bank Records, 1859-1971
BANC MSS 89/220 c  
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Description
Consists primarily of organizational records, including bylaws and Board of Directors' meeting minutes, 1862-1950 (v.4- 49). A few cash receipt books, 1859-1861, mortgage tax receipt books and indexes from the 1860s and 1870s, and a sampling of passbooks and other records of depositor receipts, judgments and balance statements comprise the surviving records of day-to-day transactions. Records relating to court cases involving the bank pertain primarily to matters of earnings, dividends, gift tax, and bank reorganization, as evidenced in the files of Attorney, Garrett McEnerney. Documentation of the internal operations of the bank is limited to a very few records of employee salaries and expenses for assorted social events. Also includes Richard M. Tobin and other Tobin family correspondence, 1914- 1917, condolences and other papers relating to the death of Joseph Sadoc Tobin, 1918-1920; and 11 volumes of scrapbooks, 1908-1919, containing newspaper clippings relating to the history and development of banking in San Francisco.
Background
The Hibernia Savings and Loan Society was founded in San Francisco in 1859 by John Sullivan. It played a major role in financing San Francisco's growth in the Victorian era, and by 1900 was the largest bank in the entire state of California. Hibernia began as a membership corporation providing only savings bank services, but in 1946 became a stockholding corporation in order to provide commercial banking and trust services.
Extent
Number of containers: 3 boxes, 5 cartons, 68 volumes Linear feet: 20
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.