U.S. Banknote History (1782-1935)
The purpose of this wiki website is to stimulate research and help organize historical information related to U.S. Banknotes that were issued during the National Banknote Era (1863-1935) and Obsolete Banknote Era (1782-1866).
This wiki is part of the Banknote History Project sponsored by the (Society of Paper Money Collectors as part of its educational mission to promote the study and appreciation of paper money and related financial history.
Banknote History Wiki
This Banknote History Wiki is a crowd-sourced, searchable content website (very similar to Wikipedia) for creating and organizing historical information on the National & Obsolete Banks and Bankers from 1782-1935. This is a Public/Open access Wiki, so no user login is required to View the information. But only Logged-In Users (with a confirmed email address) are allowed to Add new pages or Edit existing wiki pages. See the 'Contributing Content' section below for information on how to setup a login account, if you are interested in helping us with content for this wiki.
This wiki is specifically focused on two of the primary historical aspects of these 'Hometown' Banknotes: The Banks that issued them, and the Bankers who signed them. Featured Banknotes illustrate this by providing a link to the issuing Bank's History page, as well as links to the Bio pages for the signing Bank Officers. In addition, an Index page has been setup for other Banknote History related articles that don't fit into the Bank History or Banker Bio topics. A Banknote History Home page can also be setup for each State, focusing on the Banks, Bankers and Banking History of that State.
A 'Featured Banknote' will be shown on the Main Page, as well as each State's Banknote History Home page, to highlight the Banknote, with links to the Bank History, and Banker Bios for the note signers. This clearly illustrates the type of historical information we are creating and organizing on this wiki. The featured Banknotes will be changed every couple of months, to highlight new content on the wiki. To be eligible as a Featured Banknote, the wiki pages for the associated Bank History and Banker Bios must be available.
The Index for the Bank Histories in this wiki is organized by State, then alphabetical by Town, then by Bank Opening Date. The main Index page also includes detailed instructions on how to Add a new Bank History page to this wiki.
The Index for the Banker Biographies in this wiki is organized alphabetically by Last Name. The main Index page also includes detailed instructions on how to Add a new Banker Bio page to this wiki.
Other Banknote History Articles
An Index page has been setup for other Banknote History related articles that don't fit into the Bank History or Banker Bio topics. This index will be organized by State, where applicable.
State Banknote History Home pages
A Banknote History Home page can be setup for each State. These Home pages consolidate historical information on that State's National/Obsolete Banks, Bankers and Banking History. It also highlights new wiki content for that State, along with some famous Bankers, and lists helpful Research Resources for the State.
Contributing Content to our Wiki
- This is an Open/Public access Wiki. No user login is required to View information.
- Only Logged-In Users (with a confirmed email address) can Add new pages or Edit existing pages.
- Users who want to help us with content for this wiki will need to Create a Login Account (link in upper right hand corner).
- When creating an account, for your login name we recommend using First (or First&Middle) Initial plus Last Name (ie JSmith). This makes it easier for everybody to see who is creating and editing wiki pages, when looking at the 'View history' tab at the top of each wiki page.
- Users must also enter their email address and then confirm it via email, before they will be able to add/edit content.
- For detailed instructions on how you can easily Add new Bank History or Banker Bio pages, see the Bank History Index and Banker Bio Index pages.
- This Wiki is based on MediaWiki software, the same software that runs Wikipedia. So it uses the same markup language.
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