Bimetallism and Currency Reform collection
MSBCR_75

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
University of Illinois at Chicago. Library. Special Collections Department.
Title
Bimetallism and Currency Reform collection
ID
MSBCR_75
Date [inclusive]
1872-1909
Extent
20.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
This collection contains correspondence, publications, speeches, clippings, photographs, and pamphlets about currency reform, bimetallism, and the American Bimetallic Union.

Preferred Citation

Bimetallism and Currency Reform collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

Bimetallism is a monetary standard or system based upon the use of two metals, traditionally gold and silver. With the exception of Britain, which adopted the gold standard in 1798, most countries practiced bimetallism during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A bimetallic system defined a nation's monetary unit by law in terms of fixed quantities of gold and silver, automatically establishing a rate of exchange between the two metals. Bimetallism ended in the United States in 1873 when the Grant administration demonetized silver. However, the depression following the Panic of 1873 caused some people, particularly coalitions of farmers and silver miners to call for the return of silver as a form of currency.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives June 2006

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Bimetallism -- United States.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Currency question -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

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