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Historical Collections

The Bleichroeder Print Collection

Click for larger imageThe Bleichroeder Collection was given to the Kress Library of Business and Economics in 1975 by the New York banking firm of Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Inc. It was generously presented in memory of Frederick H. Brunner, a member of the firm, who formed much of the collection. Mr. Brunner's love of banking history led him to acquire prints on all aspects of money's influence on mankind.

Click for larger image There are over one thousand woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs in the Bleichroeder Collection, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. It has been divided into the following general categories: views of stock exchanges, banks, mints, and treasuries; portraits of bankers, statesmen, and financiers; political and personal satires; national finance and taxation; images of money-lenders, avarice, corruption, poverty, charity, and anti-Semitism; and speculation and credit. Many prominent artists also are represented in the collection, including Breughel, Goltzius, Rembrandt, Hogarth, and Gillray.

Click for larger image Access to the collection by both subject and artist is currently provided by a card catalog in the Historical Collections Department. In addition, the Baker Library published a catalog in 1986 of an exhibition that featured seventy items from the collection. The publication, titled Coin and Conscience: Popular Views of Money, Credit, and Speculation, Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries, may be purchased through the Historical Collections Department. A permanent online exhibition, based on this publication, is available online.




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