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Worthen Bank records

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Finding aid for the Worthen Bank records

BC.MSS.08.06

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

November 24, 2008



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Worthen, George Gordon, 1942-2013
Title: Worthen Bank records
Dates: 1856-1993
Quantity: 148.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the records of Worthen Bank including ledger books dating back to the original firm, correspondence, staff newsletters, photographs, and other banking documents from the various departments and endeavors of Worthen Bank. The documents are representative of the change in banking from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century and the electronic age.
Identification: BC.MSS.08.06
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into eight main series: General; Services and Departments; Personnel; Advertising, Publicity, Publications; General Banking/Arkansas Banking; Arkansas History; Photographs; Oversized. Within each series, materials are arranged topically and chronologically, where appropriate.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of Worthen Bank including ledger books dating back to the original firm, correspondence, staff newsletters, photographs, and other banking documents from the various departments and endeavors of Worthen Bank. The documents are representative of the change in banking from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century and the electronic age.


Historical Information

On January 1, 1877, William Booker Worthen (1852-1911) and Edward W. Parker opened the firm of Parker and Worthen, Bankers, Brokers and Real Estate Agents on the corner of Markham and Louisiana streets in Little Rock, Arkansas. In the summer of 1888, Worthen bought out his partner and established W. B. Worthen and Company, Bankers. The bank again changed names to Worthen Bank and Trust Company in 1947, and is best known as simply Worthen Bank. After years of growth in Arkansas, Worthen Bank came to be owned and operated by First Arkansas Bankstock Corporation (FABCO), the first registered bank holding company in Arkansas, in 1968. In 1994, Worthen Bank was purchased by Boatmen's Bank of St. Louis, Missouri and ceased operations. Remnants of the institution can be seen in today's Bank of America.

While in operation Worthen Bank expanded into a number of branches and divisions, merged with and bought out a number of banking intuitions in Arkansas, and was a mainstay of Arkansas business and banking.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- Banks and banking -- History
Banking
First Arkansas Bankstock Corporation. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Parker and Worthen. Bankers, Brokers and Real Estate Agents. (Little Rock, Ark.)
W. B. Worthen and Company. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Worthen Bank and Trust Company. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Worthen family

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted use.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Worthen Bank records, MSS.08.06, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by George Worthen, 2008


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