In the summer of 2012, I worked at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania as the Digital Project Intern. I conducted research and wrote contextual annotation for the digital history project, “Closed for Business: The Story of the Bankers Trust Company.”
The project focuses on the early years of the Great Depression and the December 1930 failure of a large Philadelphia bank, Bankers Trust Company.
The site includes:
- 320 digitized primary source documents, including documents about the bank’s operation, letters from depositors desperate to get access to their funds after the bank’s failure, and newspaper clippings about the aftermath of the bank’s failure;
- biographies of some of the people and organizations highlighted in the documents;
- contextual essays about the history of Bankers Trust Company, the Great Depression in Philadelphia, and the 1930s banking crisis in Philadelphia; and
- an educators page with ideas about how to use the resource in the classroom.