Alaska Bank Note History

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Featured Bank Note: $5 Series 1902 Red Seal, issued by First National Bank of Fairbanks, District of Alaska, signed by D.N. Freeman, Cashier and Samuel A. Bonnifield, President. Courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com

The Alaska Bank Note History home page consolidates historical information on the National/Obsolete Banks, Bankers and Banking History of Alaska. It also highlights What's New, along with some Famous Alaska Banks & Bankers, and lists helpful Research Resources.

Alaska County home pages

County Bank Note History home pages provide information on the Banks, Bankers and Bank Notes for that county during the National Bank Note Era (1863-1935), and also the Obsolete Bank Note Era (1782-1866) (if applicable for that county). All of the county's National & Obsolete Banks are listed with links to their Bank History pages. Prominent Bankers are also listed with links to their Banker Bio pages. Several Bank Notes are featured, as well as bank postcards and other bank related ephemera.

If you have a local County Historical Society/Museum, they may be interested in adding a link on their website to their County's Bank Note History home page in our wiki.

  • (There are currently no Alaska County home pages set up)

What's New in Alaska Bank Note History

  • Bank Histories:
  • Banker Bios:

Alaska Bank Histories Index

The Bank Histories are organized alphabetically by Town, then by Bank Open Date. To find the Alaska Bank you are looking for, select from the following Index list. You can also search the entire wiki for the Bank's town name or charter number using the Search Box in the upper right corner.

Alaska Banker Biographies Index

The Banker Bios are organized alphabetically by Last Name. To find the Alaska Banker you are looking for, select from the following Index list. For an Index list of all Banker Bios for all States, use the Banker Biographies sidebar link. You can also search the entire wiki for the Banker's last name using the Search Box in the upper right corner.

Alaska National Bank Stats, Lists & Graphs

The label for each of these Stats is a link to the corresponding list of banks

Famous Alaska Banks & Bankers

Alaska Counties Index

This index lists Alaska counties that had towns with National or Obsolete Banks (1782-1935).

Alaska Towns Index

This index lists Alaska towns that had National or Obsolete Banks (1782-1935).

Alaska Obsolete to National Bank Conversions

Alaska Banking History

Wiki Links

Alaska Research Resources

  • (List any State-specific National Bank and Obsolete Bank References first)
  • Don C. Kelly, National Bank Notes, A Guide with Prices. 6th Edition (Oxford, OH: The Paper Money Institute, 2008).
  • Dean Oakes and John Hickman, Standard Catalog of National Bank Notes. 2nd Edition (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1990).
  • The National Bank Note Census, nbncensus.com
  • OCC Annual Reports 1863-1935 (U.S. Treasury Dept: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency).
(The OCC Annual Reports are available online at the Currency Club of Chester County (PA) website).
  • The Bankers Magazine 1846-1922 (New York: various publishers over the years).
(The Bankers Magazine volumes are available online at the Currency Club of Chester County (PA) website).
  • Rand McNally Banker's Directories 1879-1935 (Chicago: Rand McNally & Company).
  • Polk's Banker's Encyclopedias 1895-1935 (Detroit and New York: Polk Bankers Encyclopedia Co.).
  • James A. Haxby, United States Obsolete Bank Notes 1782-1866 (4 volumes) (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1988).
  • Paper Money Journal, 1962-present (Published by the Society of Paper Money Collectors, spmc.org). Many articles over the years about the history of National & Obsolete Banks and Bankers. An archive of all back issues with search capabilities is online for SPMC members at spmc.org.
  • FDIC, Bank Find History website. https://research2.fdic.gov/bankfind/index.html
  • Alaska State Historical Society website, (?)
  • Alaska State Legislators - Past & Present website, (search for this - many states have a website with past member bios and pictures).
  • Ancestry.com, Findagrave.com, Newspapers.com