Collection ID: 2006.0010, 2006.0051

Collection context


11 boxes


Scope and Content:

This collection consists of currency, photos, slides, newspaper articles, and ephemera produced by the bank from 1817 to 2005. Additionally, the collection includes original Norman Kent drawings; Kent was commissioned by the bank in the 1940s to produce a number of woodcuts to be used in calendars published by the bank. The drawings are currently housed with the Norman Kent Papers.

Several photo albums capture bank construction in Geneva as well as surrounding areas as the bank expanded, in addition to employees in the banks and at events held by the bank.

Biographical / Historical:

The National Bank of Geneva was established at 528 South Main Street in 1817 and moved to Park Place (Bank Alley) in 1821 before moving again in 1831 to the current Woman’s Club building on Main Street at the head of Seneca Street. The Geneva National Bank moved to the corner of Seneca and Exchange in 1862. The bank published a book in 1917 to celebrate their 100th anniversary and can be found in the archive research library.

Prior to the Civil War, the Bank of Geneva was the only successful bank in the village and Geneva remained a one-institution business until the National Banking Act, passed to fund the Civil War, allowed the federal government to regulate banking and the money supply. Under this act, the Bank of Geneva was re-formed as the Geneva National Bank in 1865. The organization settled on the name of the National Bank of Geneva in 1923. The bank continued in Geneva for decades before becoming Five Star Bank in 2005.


Series One: This collection of materials was compiled by Geneva Historical Society staff and may or may not have accession numbers attached to the materials.

Series Two: This set of materials originates from a community member and encompasses ephemera from the National Bank of Geneva as part of a larger collection of material related to Geneva businesses.

Series Three: This collection originated with Five Star Bank, who is the successor to The National Bank of Geneva, and includes many photo albums, a Clyde Mathis painting, and the original Norman Kent drawings which were used by the bank for yearly calendars they published.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: a Content Standard



Certain individual banking records will be restricted by staff.

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456, United States