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Rosenbaum Bank History

M. Rosenbaum and Co. was a private banking firm established in 1885 by Morris Rosenbaum, an Austro-Hungarian immigrant, and his wife, Hannah. Rosenbaum and Co. was located at 603 South 3rd Street and provided foreign exchange services and sold steamship and railroad tickets. In 1930, Morris retired from the private bank, turning operations over to Alexander S. Berkowitz. On December 27, 1934, M. Rosenbaum and Co. was taken over by the State Banking Department after an examination revealed that the bank failed to comply with certain conditions set by the state. At the time of its closing, the bank operated under the partnership of Alexander and Eugene Berkowitz, and A. Murray Spitzer.


To learn more about our collection of steamship ticket purchase ledgers and the history of immigrant banking in America, view the Steamship agents page.


Rosenbaum ledgers

There are 24 Rosenbaum ledgers, each with a volume number and corresponding inclusive date range of purchase entries. Volumes 1 through 21 each contain a handwritten alphabetical index of passenger names corresponding to specific entries that can be browsed along with the digitized volumes. A separate, external index of both ticket purchaser and passenger names located in Rosenbaum volumes 1 through 22 is also available. See the Searching the ledgers page for more information about the external index.


Volume 1, May 1890-April 1893

Volume 2, April-December 1893

Volume 3, January-December 1894

Volume 4, January-December 1895

Volume 5, January-December 1896

Volume 6, January-December 1897

Volume 7, January-December 1898

Volume 8, January-December 1899

Volume 9, August-December, 1900

Volume 10, January-August, 1900

Volume 11, January-October, 1901

Volume 12, January-October, 1902

Volume 13, January-November, 1903

Volume 14, January-September, 1904

Volume 15, January-December, 1905

Volume 16, September-December 1904, January, 1906

Volume 17, January-September 1906

Volume 18, September 1906-December 1907

Volume 19, December 1907, January 1908-December 1909

Volume 20, January 1910-December 1911

Volume 21, January 1912-December 1913

Volume 22, January 1914-May 1924

Volume 23, June 1924-November1934

Volume 24, October-December 1901, November-December 1902, November-December 1903



For tips on how to search the digital collection and information about accessing the external index for Rosenbaum volumes 1 through 22, view the Searching the ledgers page


Description of entries

The following fields of information are typically included in a Rosenbaum ledger entry.


Date [account opened]

Order number

Ticket number

S.S. Line

Passenger name(s) and age(s)

Passenger address

Booked from [port of departure]

Booked to [port of arrival]

Purchaser name

Purchaser address

Rate of ticket

Remarks


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