Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

About the SEC Historical Society

Short video history of the founding and mission of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society featuring David S. Ruder, Paul Gonson, Harvey L. Pitt, Daniel L. Goelzer, Meredith B. Cross, Mary L. Schapiro, and William R. McLucas.

The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society, through its virtual museum and archive at, shares, preserves and advances knowledge of the history of financial regulation.  Get connected for updates on new materials and upcoming programs in the museum.

Founded in 1999, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, independent of and separate from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The virtual museum and archive is built and exhibited independent of any SEC oversight.

The SEC Historical Society is funded solely by gifts and grants from the private sector, and receives no government funding. Over 85% of annual contributions are used for the virtual museum and archive's building and outreach. Give today to keep the museum current, independent and growing.

The Society's Annual Reports include audited financial statements, narrative of activities and list of donors for its fiscal year of January 1 through December 31.

The SEC Historical Society is governed by an independent Board of Trustees and administered by its staff.

The Board of Advisors is a corps of committed volunteer leaders who, while not subject to the governance and fiduciary responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, work individually and as a group to advance the mission and work of the Society.

The SEC Historical Society's Code of Ethics states its policies and procedures for maintaining the integrity of the organization. Click here to submit any legal or ethical concerns about the Society. All submissions will be held in confidence.

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.

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