In 1995, Wells Fargo announced $1 billion in lending to empower women business owners, and established the first national program of its kind. This innovative program supported the growth of a generation of women business leaders, and inspired new programs to address continued issues of inequity.
About Alyssa BentzAlyssa Bentz is a Corporate Historian for Wells Fargo.
Poet, civil activist, and Wells Fargo customer Eva Buckner used her pen to inspire and advocate for a more inclusive society.
An energy crisis and a growing environmental movement created the first commercial solar projects in the 1970s, funded by Wells Fargo.
Tim Hanlon and other employees advocated for a more LGBTQ inclusive community at Wells Fargo in the 1990s.
How Wells Fargo — and the banks that are now a part of Wells Fargo — prepared 20 years ago for Y2K and ensured that a worldwide crisis never happened.
When Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes into federal incarceration camps in 1942, their banker J. Elmer Morrish made it his mission to support them in any way possible.
Rare video from 1915 shows Wells Fargo successfully moving $121 million — or $3 billion in today’s dollars — securely through the streets of San Francisco.
In the 1800s, the telegraph allowed Wells Fargo to do business and help customers transfer money. To secure messages and minimize risk, the company used a system of encryption with secret codes.
A Wells Fargo team member stepped in to lead Shanti Project, a valuable community organization that helped San Franciscans respond to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
Since the 1800s, when Wells Fargo offered in-language services and hired Spanish-speaking team members, the company has strived to best serve its Hispanic customers.
Customers at First National Bank of Arizona (today Wells Fargo) saved time and money using a new bill pay service in 1970. It started a revolution with hundreds of banks copying the new innovation.
Before the 1970s, many bank customers with visual impairments had to depend on friends and family to handle their finances —until banks began providing new options.
When women in early America needed access to credit and payment tools, they turned to the Bank of North America in Philadelphia, America’s first commercial bank, and today Wells Fargo.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how the company has celebrated the Chinese lunar calendar since 1912.
Since 1961, Chinese customers preparing Lunar New Year gifts of “lucky money” have turned to Wells Fargo for festive envelopes.
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs lived a life of service and activism. As he fought to end slavery, served as a politician for change, and became a successful African American business owner in Gold Rush California, Wells Fargo was there to help in his pursuits.
As banks like Wells Fargo underwent a revolution in the mid-1900s, giveaways were a way to attract new customers and, over time, become reflections of shared memories and lifelong relationships.
As more customers used computers in their daily lives, Wells Fargo innovated new tools to improve their banking experience. In 1995, they created the first online banking platform.
Learn about the enduring tradition of celebrating community events with the Wells Fargo stagecoach.
In 1976, Wells Fargo made history by becoming the first major bank to offer team members paid leave to volunteer in their communities in programs of their choice.
In the 1940s, Elizabeth “Betty” Wall got a loan from a local bank to join a local Sky Club. She used her flight experience to become one of the first women to fly military aircraft in U.S. history.
The threat of bank runs during the Great Depression pushed many banks to find innovative new ways to secure their depositors’ money and provide economic stability to their communities.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how the exchange of money has evolved from papers with handwritten instructions and signatures to digital payments.
Whether delivering mail and money to customers or starring in the Stagecoach Appearance Program, Wells Fargo’s horses have always been well-fed, well-cared for, and well-loved.
Northwestern National Bank installed a 157-foot-tall Weatherball atop its building in downtown Minneapolis in 1949, making it the largest bank sign between Chicago and the West Coast.
Find out how the introduction of motor banks in the 1930s made banking more convenient for customers — and led to future innovations.
Find out how a Wells Fargo business loan helped people with blindness and low vision have more access to reading materials.
Find out how Wells Fargo’s first recycling program began — and led to decades of sustainability and corporate responsibility.
After Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, Wells Fargo agents testified on behalf of Chinese customers and supported their businesses.
A Wells Fargo historian shares why an Arizona businessman and Wells Fargo express agent abandoned his freight company out of loyalty to the U.S.
Find out how a Wells Fargo agent in 1864 stopped at nothing to deliver mail, money, and newspapers to customers — and how he later became the company’s president.
James McKaye, an original board member for Wells Fargo, was an abolitionist whose work led to the creation of the Freedmen’s Bureau in 1864 to protect the rights of African Americans.
Find out how Robert “Patt“ Patterson went from being a civil rights activist to the first African American in Greensboro, North Carolina, to hold a management position at a major bank.
In 1967, Shirley Nelson made history when she became the first female branch manager for Wells Fargo, paving the way for other female leaders.
Find out how a song originally written for a bank commercial became a hit — and one of the most popular wedding songs.
A Wells Fargo historian shares the stories of Col. George S. Roberts and Lt. Col. James A. Walker, two former employees who were part of the famous Tuskegee Airmen.
Throughout their lives, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co., were known for their innovation and dedication to customers.
Find out how the historic stagecoach came to Wells Fargo’s museum in San Francisco — and what significant events were part of its journey.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how a banker — wanting to make his customers feel comfortable and welcomed — created the company’s Chinese name in 1971.
In the late 1800s, Mary Langdon built a business that covered hundreds of miles along the Pacific Coast in a male-dominated industry.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how full-colored stagecoach designs made their way into Wells Fargo checkbooks, revolutionizing the ‘rather dull field’ of bank checks.
Find out how the Pony Express allowed people across the U.S. to hear the latest news and get in touch with friends and family quicker than ever — and why a national crisis made the service essential.
Learn how Wells Fargo’s Food Products Department helped farmers and gave customers a new way to buy the foods they loved.