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Guide to the Hibernia Bank Records, 1859-1971
BANC MSS 89/220 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Corporate History
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Hibernia Bank Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1859-1971
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 89/220 c
    Collector: Hibernia Bank
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 5 cartons, 68 volumes Linear feet: 20
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Consists primarily of organizational records, including bylaws and Board of Directors' meeting minutes, 1862-1950 (v.4- 49). A few cash receipt books, 1859-1861, mortgage tax receipt books and indexes from the 1860s and 1870s, and a sampling of passbooks and other records of depositor receipts, judgments and balance statements comprise the surviving records of day-to-day transactions. Records relating to court cases involving the bank pertain primarily to matters of earnings, dividends, gift tax, and bank reorganization, as evidenced in the files of Attorney, Garrett McEnerney. Documentation of the internal operations of the bank is limited to a very few records of employee salaries and expenses for assorted social events. Also includes Richard M. Tobin and other Tobin family correspondence, 1914- 1917, condolences and other papers relating to the death of Joseph Sadoc Tobin, 1918-1920; and 11 volumes of scrapbooks, 1908-1919, containing newspaper clippings relating to the history and development of banking in San Francisco.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hibernia Bank Records, BANC MSS 89/220 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • Atlases, maps, and San Francisco block books transferred to Map Room.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Hibernia Bank Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Security Pacific National Bank on September 20, 1989.

    Corporate History

    The Hibernia Savings and Loan Society was founded in San Francisco in 1859 by John Sullivan. It played a major role in financing San Francisco's growth in the Victorian era, and by 1900 was the largest bank in the entire state of California. Hibernia began as a membership corporation providing only savings bank services, but in 1946 became a stockholding corporation in order to provide commercial banking and trust services.
    In 1988, the Hibernia Bank was purchased by Security Pacific of Los Angeles and absorbed into their operations.

    Scope and Content

    The Hibernia Bank Records, 1859-1971, consist primarily of organizational papers, including bylaws and minutes of Board of Directors meetings for the years 1862 to 1950. Related materials include Voting Trust Agreements from 1947-1948, along with correspondence, chiefly of the Tobin family. The cumulative and day-to-day transactional banking records are found in a few surviving cash books and accounts of mortgage tax receipts from the early years of the bank's operation, along with a sampling of passbooks and other books of depositor receipts, judgments, and balance statements.
    Legal records for Hibernia Bank, 1913-1960, principally deal with matters of earnings, dividends, gift tax, bank reorganization, and the applied aspects of banking law as evidenced in the files of Garrett McEnerney. Also prominently featured are case proceedings of Hibernia Savings and Loan Society litigation. Documentation of the internal operations of the bank, although spanning the years 1871 to 1956, is limited to a very few records pertaining to employee salaries and expenses for assorted social events.
    Finally, the collection contains Papers of the Tobin Family, including correspondence, along with condolences and other materials concerning the deaths of several influential Tobin family members. In addition, there are a number of scrapbooks containing newspapers clippings relating to the history and development of banking in San Francisco, principally during the years 1908-1918.