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Iowa Bankers Association records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0045

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

The collection (1887-2004) contains reports, correspondence, ledgers, photographs, films, audiotapes, videotapes, and artifacts. The materials cover bank robberies and other bank-related crimes, administrative activities, legislation, and marketing. Items of interest include photographs of bank criminals (please note: some photographs depict criminals post-mortem); profiles and mentions of famous bank robbers including Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, and Babyface Nelson; and materials related to war-time and the Great Depression. Artifacts of particular interest are items found in connection with bank robberies, such as a bullet and a pillow case used as a money bag.

Dates

  • 1887-2004, undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department at least 3 working days in advance.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Iowa Bankers Association was founded on June 22, 1887 by a group of 29 Iowa bankers. The association was formed to represent Iowa banks in front of Iowa legislature and to provide a way for individual bankers to gather and exchange ideas on the business of banking. It was the fourth state bankers association formed in the United States. IBA became the largest state banking association in the United States in 1905, with a membership of over 1,000 banks. By 1922, every bank in Iowa was a member of IBA, numbering 1,877 at the time. In 1906, IBA began to offer insurance products to rural banks, and in 1945 the organization began the Bankers Insurance Plan to provide health insurance to bank employees and officers. Iowa Bankers Insurance and Services (IBIS) became a separate entity in 1971. The Iowa Transfer System, now SHAZAM, was incorporated for the formation of a statewide switching system in 1975. In 1979, Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation was founded and as an affiliate company of IBA, provides secondary mortgage services to banks across Iowa. IBA Headquarters were established in downtown Des Moines in 1912 and were moved to Johnston in 2001. In 1898, the IBA Group System was established, which enabled regional groups of bankers to meet to discuss issues. In 1920, IBA partnered with Iowa State College (University) to provide an educational session entitled "Bankers Short Course." IBA is affiliated with the American Bankers Association and continues to work on the improvement of the banking industry and to serve bankers across the state of Iowa.

Extent

521.73 Linear Feet (4 records center cartons, 1098 document boxes, 152 half-document boxes, 5 oversized boxes, 28 artifact boxes, 5 map case folders)

Abstract

The Iowa Bankers Association (IBA), founded in June 1887, was formed to represent Iowa banks in front of Iowa legislature and to provide a way for individual bankers to gather and exchange ideas on the business of banking. This collection includes reports, correspondence, ledgers, photographs, films, audiotapes, videotapes, and artifacts. The materials cover bank robberies and other bank-related crimes, administrative activities, legislation, and marketing.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series:

Series 1, Bank Robbery Files, 1910-1969, alphabetical

Series 2, Secretary's Files, 1910-1972, alphabetical

Series 3, Administrative and General Files, 1887-1988, undated, alphabetical

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Related collection materials

Related collections in the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library, include:

American Institute of Banking - Des Moines Chapter (MS 498)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
MS-0045. Iowa Bankers Association records, 1887-2004, undated
Date
July 1, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672