A Respectable House: Brown Brothers Harriman and Two Centuries of Banking
By the early 19th century, Alexander Brown’s linen import business had evolved into a global New York merchant bank and one of the world’s most trusted financial houses with additional offices in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Liverpool. What began as a family venture transformed into a partnership rooted in the ethos of Brown and his four sons, with a business approach that emphasized integrity and personal interaction. Having endured for two centuries, the partnership is now an uncommon feature in the contemporary financial landscape. This exhibition focuses on the company’s formative decades of the 19th century, including its navigation of recurring financial panics, the international scope of its business, and its support and use of innovative technology, all through the historical record of correspondence, artifacts, and other documentation. Curated by Edward O'Reilly, curator and head of the Manuscript Department.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.