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Barnett Banks Collection Finding Aid

Collection Number: M99-1
Dates: (Inclusive) 1920-2010 (Bulk) 1970-1996
Size: 20+ linear feet; 19 boxes
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Alphabetical by series; chronological within folder.
Language: English
Container List: View Container List


Annual reports, newsletters, marketing advertisements, and other printed material form the core of the collection with some awards, photographs, and realia. The collection in general provides historical documentation of the evolution and transformation of a small Jacksonville, Florida bank into a statewide company and, ultimately, one of the top twenty-five financial services institutions in the United States.


Bulk of collection donated by Barnett Historic Preservation Foundation, Inc., 1999.  Miscellaneous items donated by individuals, 1998-2010.

Access to the Collection

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail

Preferred Citation

Barnett Banks Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Electronic versions of some collection materials are available on the World Wide Web as part of the Florida Heritage Collection. Descriptions of individual items and photographs are available in the Barnett Banks Container List.

Related Materials

The State Archives of Florida holds the Barnett Banks Historical Collection. Archival materials include public relations and advertising records, oral histories, photographs, and corporate records from 1950-2001. Serious researchers will want to search their Online Catalog and/or view their Visitor Information page.


Books, Newspaper / Magazine articles


Author's Behind-Scenes Look at Barnett Bank. Florida Times-Union, October 28, 2001:D1:2.


Barker-Benfield, Simon. Bank Departures, Remembering Barnett. Florida Times-Union, March 23, 1998:D1:2.


Barker-Benfield, Simon. Closing the Ledger. Florida Times-Union, October 8, 1998.


Barker-Benfield, Simon. Gone but not Forgotten.Florida Times-Union, May 5, 2000.


Barnett Bank Alumni to Meet. Florida Times-Union, May 2, 2002:D2:1.


Barnett, Bion Hall. Early Banking Days in Florida: an Informal Talk. (address before the Florida Bankers Association, Orlando, Florida, April 25th, 1924.) Orlando, Fla.? : Florida Bankers Association?, 1924?


Barnett, Bion Hall. Reminiscences of Fifty Years in the Barnett Banks. Interesting facts of the new Barnett National bank building. The bank today - and its service. Jacksonville, Fla.? : Barnett National Bank?, 1927? : Jacksonville, Fla. : Arnold Printing Co.


Brune Mathis, Karen. Barnett Banks Alumni Web Site Launched. Florida Times-Union, March 20, 2001.


Daniels, Earl. Change in the Bank: Barnett Building Being Converted into Office Space. Florida Times-Union, April 12, 2002:D1:2.


Daniels, Earl. Piece of the Rock Restored as Token of Era.Florida Times-Union, February 22, 2002:C1-2.


The Florida Collection. Jacksonville, Fla.: Barnett Bank, [1979]


Foley, Bill. Bank Building Enhanced Skyline in Record Time.Florida Times-Union, May 19, 1999:A2:1.


Ginzl, David J. Barnett: the Story of "Florida's Bank". Tampa, Fla.: University of Tampa Press, 2001.


Ginzl, David J. Barnett Bank. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia, 2000.


Ginzl, David J. Barnett's Bankers: Where Are They Now? Jacksonville, 17 no. 10 (November 2001):77.


Ginzl, David J. The Last Days of Barnett. Jacksonville, 14 no. 10 (October 1998):57.


Ginzl, David J. William B. Barnett and Sons: Florida Banking Pioneers. The Florida Historical Quarterly, 79 no. 1 (Summer 2000): 26.


Harding, Abel. Banking Far From Dead in Jacksonville.Florida Times-Union, December 6, 2009:D1:5.


McManus, Sean. Preserving the Barnett Legacy. Financial News and Daily Record, July 14, 1998:1.


Patton, Charlie. Former Barnett Workers Remember 'Florida's Bank'.Florida Times-Union, June 9, 2002:B1:1.


Tippett, Karen L. The Lastinger Crusade: Salvaging Bank Heritage. Wall Street Journal, June 24, 1998:F1:4.

Historical / Biographical Note

William Boyd Barnett opened the Bank of Jacksonville (Florida) on May 7, 1877.  In 1888, the bank was renamed the National Bank of Jacksonville.  Upon William B. Barnett's death in 1903, son Bion Hall Barnett was named President.  In 1908, the bank was rechartered as the Barnett National Bank of Jacksonville.  Other name changes occurred in: 1965-70, Barnett First National Bank of Jacksonville; 1971-1996, Barnett Bank of Jacksonville, N.A.; and 1996-98, Barnett Bank, N.A.  In 1996, all Barnett affiliates merged into the charter of Barnett Bank of Jacksonville, N.A., and were also renamed Barnett Bank, N.A.


In 1930, a bank holding company, Barnett National Securities Corporation (BNSC), was formed as a subsidiary of Barnett National Bank of Jacksonville.  In 1966, as the BNSC prepared to expand statewide, it became the parent company of the Jacksonville bank.  Two name changes followed: in 1969, Barnett Banks of Florida, Inc.; and in 1987, Barnett Banks, Inc.  The bank system was purchased by NationsBank in January 1998.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains awards, photographs, printed material, and realia. Items span the years 1920-2010, with the majority of the materials concentrated in 1970-96.


Annual reports, newsletters, and other printed material form the core of the collection. Photographs include images of Barnett Bank buildings in Jacksonville, and senior Barnett executives and members of the Barnett family. Strengths of the collection include a complete set of annual reports from 1971-1996, reprints of bank advertisements from the mid-twentieth century, and an extensive group of employee newsletters, disseminated by the Bank from 1957-1998, which chronicled company / employee news and issues.

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection:

  • Barnett Banks of Florida
  • Barnett Banks
  • Barnett National Bank of Jacksonville
  • Banks and Banking--Florida--History 
  • Banks and Banking--Florida--Jacksonville--History 
  • Finance--Florida--History 
  • Jacksonville, Fla.--History