Accurate and accessible records of past activities are keys to understanding basic financial principles and developments within their historical context. This understanding is, in turn, an indispensable foundation for a sustainable global financial system. Based on this conviction, eabh encourages the proper preservation of historically relevant material and the circulation of high level historical research. eabh is a registered charity and relies on the annual subscriptions of its members.
Chairman of the Academic Council
National Bank of Greece
Member of the Board
Historical Archives of the European Union
Member of the Board
University of Naples Federico II
Bank of England
Treasurer of eabh
Chairman of eabh
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura
Queen’s University Belfast
The Graduate Institute Geneva
University of Geneva
Swiss National Bank
Bank of Spain
eabh Secretary General
Bank of Greece
Czech National Bank
Universidad de Murcia
Deutsche Bank AG
University of Illinois
University of Zurich
The Hebrew University and the Graduate Institute Geneva
Yannis S. Costopoulos
Carlos da Silva Costa
Bank of Portugal
Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo
Mugur C. Isărescu
National Bank of Romania
Central Bank of Hungary
Friedrich von Metzler
B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co.
National Bank of Greece
Yves Robert – Charrue
Banque Cantonale de Genéve
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild
former N.M. Rothschild & Sons
Czech National Bank
Artur Santos Silva
Institute for New Economic Thinking
Designer at Grand Creative
Manfred Pohl, back then Chief Archivist at Deutsche Bank, realises that, in the prospect of a united Europe, co-operation between banking archivists and bank historians on a European level should be promoted and deepened.
During three meetings held respectively in Brussels, London and Madrid, the foundation of eabh takes further shape.
The European Association for Banking History (eabh) e. V. is founded in an inaugural meeting at the premises of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main. eabh is constituted by 22 banks and one institution from eleven different European countries.
Members of the first eabh Board of Management (Pictured clockwise)
Wilfried Guth – Chairman of the Board of Patrons
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild – Chairman
Herman van der Wee – Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council
Pedro Martinez Mendez – Treasurer
Robert Lion – Member
Manfred Pohl – Deputy Chairman
De Nederlandsche Bank’s President Wim Duisenberg opens the 1st eabh annual conference under the title ‘How to Write the History of a Bank’.
eabh releases the ‘Handbook on the History of European Banks’, a unique reference tool containing entries on about 150 of the largest and oldest European banks.
eabh releases the first issue of the ‘Financial History Review’ published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Youssef Cassis and Philip L. Cottrell.
Hilmar Kopper, Spokesman of the Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Bank, is unanimously elected as Chairman of eabh Board of Patrons.
The predecessor of the current ‘eabh Summer School for Archivists’ series, the successful course ‘Archives and Records Management in Banking’, is result of joint efforts of eabh and the Business Archives Council.
eabh releases the first issue of its ‘bulletin’, aiming to ‘provide a means in which the latest research, publications, archive collections, exhibitions and other activities of our member banks and outside bodies can be documented’.
Gabriel Tortella Casares, University of Alcalá, Madrid, is unanimously elected Chairman of eabh Academic Advisory Council.
eabh celebrates its 10th anniversary with the symposium ‘Banking in the Mirror of Time’ at the kind invitation of Deutsche Bank. Internationally renowned scholars contribute to the success of the event.
Manfred Pohl is awarded with the European Culture Prize of the Pro-Europa -European Foundation for Culture for his work in the field of finance and banking history within the European Association for Banking History (eabh) e.V.
Upon Hilmar Kopper’s resignation Rolf-E. Breuer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank, is unanimously elected as new Chairman of eabh Board of Patrons, thus ensuring continuity on the Boards of the Association.
Following the resignation of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild after 14 years chairmanship, Willem F. Duisenberg is officially elected as Chairman of the eabh Board of Management.
The Association demonstrates its commitment to embracing financial history by changing its name to the European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V. in the 15th General Members’ Meeting.
Gerald D. Feldman, Berkeley University, takes over the Chairmanship of eabh Academic Advisory Council from Philip L. Cottrell, thus widening the international dimension of the Association.
Following Wim Duisenberg’s passing away, Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, is unanimously elected as his successor and new Chairman of the eabh Board of Management.
eabh Chairman Jean-Claude Trichet holds the opening speech ‘History and Identity as a Pre-requisite for a United Europe’ at the official inauguration of the new eabh premises.
Following Gerry Feldman’s passing away, Peter Hertner, University of Halle-Wittenberg, closes the occurring gap and becomes new Chairman of eabh Academic Advisory Council.
After six years, Rolf-E. Breuer hands over chairmanship of eabh Board of Patrons to Malcolm Knight, Bank for International Settlements.
Following Peter Hertner’s retirement, Harold James, Princeton University, becomes the 6th Chairman of eabh Academic Council.
After Jean-Claude Trichet’s retirement from ECB and eabh, Hugo Bänziger, Lombard Odier, one of the Association´s founding members, becomes Chairman of eabh.
eabh transfers its documents to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence. This material includes eabh founding history, workshop material, board meeting protocols, publication material and photographs.
The General Members' Meeting elects eabh Founder and Deputy Chairman Manfred Pohl as Honorary Chairman for life.
Kindly invited by the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) eabh celebrated 25 years of European cooperation, financial history and archival work in Florence, Italy.
Vol 1 (2016) and Vol II (2017) of the eabh bulletin special edition: Architecture & Finance are published. With a stronger focus and the up-dated design the new editorial team brings the publication to the next level and reaches a wider audience.
eabh holds its first ever conference in the United States of America. In cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis the Association turns truly international.
Pierre de Longuemar, Association pour l’Histoire de BNP Paribas is elected honorary member of the eabh for his life time of engagement for historical research in finance.
With Banco de Moçambique eabh goes global and welcomes the first member institution from the African continent.