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Mss:781 1852-1914 F223

Fahnestock, Harris Charles, 1835-1914. Harris Charles Fahnestock papers, 1855-1914 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:781 1852-1914 F223
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Harris Charles Fahnestock papers
Date(s): 1855-1914 (inclusive)
Quantity: 3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers of investment banker Harris C. Fahnestock, 1855-1914, including his partnership in Jay Cooke & Co.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Harris Charles Fahnestock papers. Baker Library,. Harvard Business School.

Related Materials

Baker Library also holds the Jay Cooke & Co. records, 1832-1915 (inclusive), 1870-1905 (bulk) which contain material related to the Harris Charles Fahnestock papers.

Biographical Note:

Harris C. Fahnestock's long financial career began in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa., where as a young man he took on major responsibilities in the bank of his uncle, J. W. Weir. In 1862, Jay Cooke invited him to Washington as a partner in Jay Cooke & Co. From there and from New York, Fahnestock participated in that firm's work for the U. S. Treasury and in its other regional and international investment ventures.
After the Jay Cooke & Co. bankruptcy in 1873, Fahnestock joined George F. Baker at the First National Bank of the City of New York as its vice president. He continued as a senior officer there through the next four decades, while holding partnerships and directorates in other business ventures.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

Account books, correspondence and documents from Fahnestock's years with Jay Cooke, 1862-1877, and with the First National Bank of the City of New York, 1877-1914, as well as from his investments on his own account. There are two journals, 1852-1857, from his Harrisburg period. During his years with Cooke and with Baker, Fahnestock and Garland , which controlled the First National, he corresponded with senators, state officials and businessmen on financial and policy matters, such as the Virginia Deferred Securities matter and the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act. His investments involved him in railroads and waterworks, including the Reading Railroad , the Tide Water Company , and the Oregon Steam Navigation Company .

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Investment banking -- New York (State)
Banks and banking -- Pennsylvania.
Railroads -- Pennsylvania.
Account books.
Harrisburg (Pa.)
New York (N.Y.)
Washington (D.C.)
West Virginia.
Fahnestock, Harris Charles, 1835-1914.
Fahnestock, Harris Charles, 1835-1914.
Baker, George F. (George Fisher), 1840-1931.
Cooke, Jay, 1821-1905.
Baker, Fahnestock and Garland.
First National Bank of the City of New York.
Jay Cooke & Co.