Kirtland Safety Society Daybook, circa 4–16 January 1837
Kirtland Safety Society, Daybook, , Geauga Co., OH, ca. 4–16 Jan. 1837; handwriting of , , , and Marcellus Cowdery; seven pages; JS Office Papers, CHL.
The was formed in November 1836; however, the institution did not open for business or operate a banking house until January 1837. When the bank opened, individuals acting as clerks kept a record of daily transactions in an ad hoc daybook composed of four loose, folded sheets of paper. This daybook contains entries for loans as well as for the issuing of Kirtland Safety Society notes in exchange for banknotes from other financial institutions. It was through these loans and exchanges that the Safety Society notes were put into circulation in , Ohio, and surrounding communities. Several of the entries in the daybook were marked with an "x", which has not been captured in the transcript but appears to correlate with payments received. Unfortunately, the daybook captures only a brief period of operation, from about 4 to 16 January 1837. After this time there are no extant records for the daily transactions of the bank.