Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

Give Today to Build the Museum

Black and white photo of a busy street in New York, in the early 20th century.
The Curb Market - 1902 (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

"As each of us - securities professionals, corporate executives, investors, government regulators, and private citizens - struggles with the challenges facing the securities industry, it is key that we bear in mind the role which those markets play as an element in our overall social fabric. In our economy, the securities markets serve as the vehicle through which capital is channeled from private hands into what are, ultimately, national priorities - the creation of jobs, the provision of equipment and facilities necessary to produce the goods and services which define our standard of living, and the assurance of economic security for our citizens. In that sense, it is not an overstatement to say that the securities markets are at the heart of our society."

- Harold M. Williams

Give Today


  • Donor: $50 - $99
  • Contributor: $100 - $249
  • Sustainer: $250 - $499
  • Directors Circle: $500 - $999
  • Commissioners Circle: $1,000 - $2,499
  • June 6th Circle: $2,500 - $4,999
  • Chairmen Circle: $5,000 - $9,999
  • FDR Circle: $10,000 - $24,999
  • 1934 Circle: $25,000 and more

Thanks to Donors

We thank institutions and individuals who have joined in support at the Directors Circle and above. Donors with § have designated their gifts for the virtual museum and archive.

Make a Lasting Gift to the Museum

Remember the virtual museum and archive in your will or estate plan, using the following language: "To the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society for the virtual museum and archive of the history of financial regulation."

The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, independent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and receiving no public funding. Contributions to the Society are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Society’s Federal tax identification number is 52-2213646.

Permission for Use

The virtual museum and archive is copyrighted by the SEC Historical Society. The Society reserves the right to restrict access to or use of the museum by any user at any time.

Users are prohibited from sharing or downloading any material for publication or commercial purposes without written permission from the Executive Director. Requests for permission must be submitted by email and specify the material requested and for what purpose.

Material used with the Society's permission should be credited to: