Introduction

Credit is a new development in economic history, right? Wrong. As this exhibit shows, while the institutions and instruments of 21st century credit are less than a century old, credit is as old as commerce. The exhibit draws on materials in Baker Library’s Historical Collections to show how previous generations devised creative ways of lending and borrowing long before credit cards.

Please Note: This is a web guide created to introduce researchers to collections at Baker Library. It is not an online course that is open for registration. Researchers are welcome to review this guide on their own schedule. Click on the “Access content” box to the left to open the guide.

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