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A Guide to the Florida National Bank Records

Finding aid created by Carla Summers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
January 2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Florida National Group of Banks of the State of Florida
Title: Florida National Bank Records
Dates: 1887-1989
Abstract: Annual reports, meeting minutes, by-laws, and other institutional records of the Florida National Bank, also known at various times as the Mercantile Exchange Bank, the Jacksonville Savings Bank, the Southern Savings and Trust Company, and the Florida National Group of Banks of the State of Florida.
Extent: 8.25 Linear feet. 4 Boxes, 12 Volumes.
Identification: MS 069
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Florida National Bank began in Jacksonville as the Jacksonville Savings Bank and functioned with this name between 1886 and 1888. It was founded by merchant turned banker, Samuel B. Hubbard. In October 1888, the bank received a city license with the name of Southern Savings and Trust Company, a name it held until about 1898. In February 1900, the bank became known as the Mercantile Exchange Bank. In January 1905 it became the Florida Bank and Trust Company, the largest bank in Florida. In August 1906 the company received a national charter as the Florida National Bank of Jacksonville. In the 1920s Alfred I. du Pont gained control of the bank, and following his death the bank was controlled by Ed Ball, manager of the du Pont Trust. Ball continued to control the bank either directly or indirectly until the 1970s. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the bank faced acquisition and merger by various groups. In 1989-1990 the bank was acquired by the First Union Corporation.

Scope and Content

The collection includes annual reports, committee and council reports, meeting minutes, articles and by-laws and other bank records spanning from 1887 to 1989. The collection is arranged first by type of record and then chronologically. Of special note are the forms forgiving loans after the 1901 fire that devastated Jacksonville.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Florida National Bank Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Early Institutional Records. 1887-1983
1 Annual Reports. 1916-1983
2 Articles and By-Laws.
2 Minutes. 1962-1983
3 Minutes. 1983-1985
4 Minutes. 1985-1989
Ledger. 1905-1908
Register. 1915-1918
Scrapbook. 1953-1956
Binder 1 - Minutes, Reports. 1987 January-February
Binder 2 - Minutes, Reports. 1987 March-May
Binder 3 - Minutes, Reports. 1987 September-October
Binder 4 - Minutes, Reports. 1987 October-December
Binder 5 - Minutes, Reports. 1988 January-March
Binder 6 - Minutes, Reports. 1988 April-May
Binder 7 - Minutes, Reports. 1988 October
Binder 8 - Minutes, Reports. 1988 November
Binder 9 - Minutes, Reports. 1988 September

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