A collaboration between Beinecke Library and the International Center for Finance
The International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management Collection of Financial History is one of Beinecke Library’s more recent initiatives. It is a collaborative undertaking with the Yale School of Management and reflects the recognition that the preservation and study of historical documents is vital to broader scholarship on the role of capital markets in society. The collection was founded in 2001 with an initial matching gift from an anonymous donor. Recent acquisitions include documents relating to the development of capital markets in Europe, Colonial America and the United States.
A key strength of the collection is a group of materials related to Het Groote Tafereel or the Great Mirror of Folly, the 1720 Dutch compilation about the South Sea Bubble. A separate collections highlight page
includes full scans of many printed versions of this work.
The Beinecke collections include a number of other documents related to the history of Finance. Among these are the Spinelli Archive
and a complete run of The New York Shipping and Commercial List. The latter contains the official price list of the New York Stock Exchange from 1816 to 1854, and can also be accessed by researchers via the data site
of the International Center for Finance.
, the Yale Library database, can be searched using keyword terms such as Finance, History, Taxation, Revenue
, and Investments
as well as genre terms such as Stock certificates, Bonds,
and Account Books
The International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management has a permanent exhibit of documents from the history of financial innovation on display at 46 Hillhouse Avenue. This exhibit is accessible via the ICF website