The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society has launched a new gallery exploring the SEC during the mid to late 1970s: In the Midst of Revolution: The SEC, 1973-1981.
“From 1973 to 1981, the securities industry and the SEC experienced revolutionary change that created enormous upheaval, provided new economic opportunity and made the task of the SEC to respond to the new demands wrought by the rapid changes in the market increasingly more difficult.”
I was surprised to discover that the SEC’s Historical Society existed. I was even more surprised to see the wealth of information in its archives and virtual museum.
There is also a great history of the SEC’s regulation of insider trading.