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Springer Collection

The Springer Collection features historical financial instruments, such as bonds, stock certificates, treasury notes, checks and a land patent, many bearing decorative engraved vignettes and associated with prominent events and persons in financial and political history.

Some of the items include: a 1782 bond issued by France's King Louis XVI, secured by taxes on alcohol and salt, which were bitterly resented by the common people and contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution; a 1795 certificate for stock in the Company of the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, signed by the Company's president, William Bingham; a bond issued by the government of Mexican Emperor Maximilian I in 1864; a bearer bond of the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique de Panama, which was organized in 1880 to build a sea-level canal across the Isthmus of Panama; a bearer bond issued by the French government in 1899 to finance the construction of a railroad from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to the port of Djibouti; a 1967 check signed by oil tycoon J. Paul Getty; a 1794 Pennsylvania land patent issued to William Bingham, signed by Governor Thomas Mifflin and assigned to William Morris (Mifflin and Morris both signed the Declaration of Independence); a 1777 Massachusetts treasury note, printed by Paul Revere and issued to finance the state's operations during the American Revolution; and an elaborately engraved 1758 certificate for  stock in the Royal Trade Company of Barcelona.

Don Springer, an investment representative for Edward Jones in Springfield, donated the documents to the UIS Archives in 2003-2012.