Magazine article Financial History

The Graham-Newman Collection

Magazine article Financial History

The Graham-Newman Collection

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Benjamin Graham's contributions to the financial services industry are vast and varied. He is considered to be the father of value investing, and he made significant contributions to the standardization and professionalization of the field of security analysis. He was also the first to propose a formal standard for analysis and was the de facto founder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In addition to his fame as Warren Buffett's first boss and mentor, he is also the author of groundbreaking investment books, most notably Security Analysis and The Intelligent Investor. As a testament to the significance of these books, first published in 1934 and 1949, respectively, they remain in print and are still read widely today.

It is no wonder, then, that Graham's works have a place in the Museum of American Finance's collection. In 2007, the Museum received the Graham-Newman Collection from the family of Jerome (Jerry) Newman, Graham's long-time business partner. The collection chronicles the close business and personal relationship between the two men, as well as the personal life of Jerry Newman. The collection contains files, annotated newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photos, documents and objects, including important material pertaining to Graham-Newman Corporation's founding and management structure, as well as Newman's research files and documents pertaining to his philanthropy and social life. There are also many early editions of Graham's books, several of which are inscribed.

The Museum's collections staff is in the process of digitizing this historicallysignificant collection so that it will be accessible to everyone. Below are a few highlights of the collection.

Graham-Newman Corporation Documents

Benjamin Graham and Jerome Newman formed the Graham-Newman Corporation in 1936 and operated the company until 1956. Between the Graham-Newman Corporation mutual fund and the partners' private fund, Newman & Graham, they managed about $12 million. …

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