Department of Banking records
Scope and Content
Includes receivership files and records of foreclosures, correspondence concerning closed banks, and administrative files. In addition, the collection contains the records taken over from the banks that were in receivership. Included in the bank records are legal papers, income tax returns, real estate files, correspondence, and bank records of accounts. Also included are incorporation files and special charters, bank returns, press releases, and Commissioners files.
- Majority of material found within 1918-1963
Language of Materials
The records are in English.
Restrictions on Access
Safe deposit box material, boxes 96-97 are RESTRICTED.
These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.
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Restrictions on Use
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The Banking Department originated in an 1836 act of the General Assembly appointing a committee (the Treasurer, the Comptroller, and the Commissioner of the School Fund) to examine the banks of the state. This they did, and in their report recommended the appointment of two Bank Commissioners to continue the work. Their functions were expanded in subsequent years to include examination and supervision of not only state banks and trust companies but also savings and industrial banks, state-chartered credit unions and other financial entities. The Connecticut Bank Commissioners were replaced by the Connecticut Bank Commissioner in 1915. A number of Connecticut banks failed during the depression of 1929, and in 1935 the General Assembly assigned to the Banking Commissioner the responsibility for liquidating their affairs. In 1951, the Bank Commissioner became the head of the Connecticut Banking Department. On January 1, 1979, Connecticut Banking Department was reorganized into the Connecticut Division of Banking, a division of the Department of Business Regulation. Effective July 1, 1980, the Department of Business Regulation was eliminated and the Division of Banking was made the Department of Banking and predominately called itself the Banking Department.
See also the Department of Banking Agency History.
98.25 cubic feet
After a number of Connecticut banks failed during the depression of 1929, in 1935 the General Assembly assigned to the Banking Commissioner the responsibility for liquidating their affairs. These are mainly records from the Liquidation Division. Also included are press releases and Commissioners files.
Series 1. Receivership Files, 1918-1971, 92.5 cubic feet
Lawsuits against Banks, circa 1930-1939, 2 cubic feet
General Correspondence, circa 1920-1969, 6 cubic feet
Complete Bank Files, circa 1930-1959, 4 cubic feet
Trust Department, circa 1920-1959, 2 cubic feet
Special Banking Subjects, circa 1940-1959, 7 cubic feet
By-Laws of Savings Banks, circa 1930-1949, 2 cubic feet
Legislation, circa 1940-1971, 12 cubic feet
Pension Plans, circa 1940-1970, 2 cubic feet
Trustees under Mortgage, 1938-1950, 1 cubic foot
Insurance Policies, circa 1940-1949, 2 cubic feet
Closed and Merged Banks, circa 1940-1969, 1 cubic foot
Bank records, circa 1918-1967, 45 cubic feet
Bank Records of Accounts, 1952, .5 cubic feet (29 reels)
Final file, undated, 1.5 inches
Description of property in receivership offered for sale, 1945, 1 inch
Federal tax papers, 1945-1950, 1 inch
Record of foreclosures, 1929-1937, .5 cubic feet (3 binders)
Correspondence concerning closed banks, 1929-1957, .5 cubic feet
Administrative papers of Liquidation Division, 1935-1960, 2.5 cubic feet
Safe Deposit Box Material, 2 cubic feet
Series 2. Incorporation Files and Special Charters, circa 1913-1957, 4 cubic feet
Series 3. Bank Returns, 1865-1896, 1.5 cubic feet
Series 4. Press Releases, 1997-2011, .25 cubic feet
Series 5. Commissioners Files, 1992-2005, .25 cubic feet
- Banks and banking -- Connecticut Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Banks and banking -- Records and correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Banks failures -- Connecticut Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Connecticut. Banking Dept -- Records and correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Financial records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Press releases Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- RG 014, Department of Banking
- Inventory of Records
- Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository