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Artisans' Savings Bank of Wilmington, Delaware records

Creation: 1861-1960
Accession: 1099


Founded in 1861, the Artisans Savings Bank of Wilmington, Delaware assisted working people to save and make money available for home mortgages. This collection primarily consists of their financial records.


  • Creation: 1861-1960



26.8 Linear Feet

Historical Note

The Artisans Savings Bank of Wilmington, Delaware was founded on February 28, 1861. As its name implies, its initial purpose as defined in its charter was to assist working people to save money and make money available for home mortgages. Its original building was at 117 Market Street in Wilmington. During the 1920s it began opening branches throughout the city and in surrounding New Castle County. By the 1930s it had become a full service savings bank with deposits insured by the FSLIC.

Scope and Content

The Artisans Savings Bank records include financial records--ledgers (customers, depositors, mortgage and general) 1861-1960; journals (deposit and withdrawal property, regular and monthly with entries for investments and bonds) 1877-1958; day books 1873-1892, and annual and quarterly statements, 1876-1961. Minute books of the board of managers (1870-1941) document major policy decisions, investment strategies, and mortgage financing. This series also includes a copy book containing a handwritten copy of the bank's original charter (February 28, 1861) and all amendments through October 11, 1899.

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Additional Description


On Deposit from Artisans' Savings Bank (Wilmington, Del.).

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Artisans' Savings Bank of Wilmington, Delaware records
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA