May 24, 2022

Update: More Digitized Historic U.S. Government Economic and Banking Documents and Reports via FRASER

FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research) from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis continues to make digitized reports and other historic documents available online.

Here’s a look at just a few of them.

  • A New Collection of Material: U.S. Government Debt
    “A historical collection of speeches and hearings on or referring to the federal government debt and the debt ceiling.
  • Select list of references on the monetary question
    “A 1913 bibliography compiled by the Library of Congress on such topics as banking and currency in the United States and foreign countries, crises and panics, credit, and clearing houses and more.”
  • FHA Homes in Metropolitan Districts
    “This 1942 report from the Federal Housing Administration summarizes insuring activities for the years 1934 through 1940 for 140 metropolitan districts identified by the 1940 census of population.”
  • Annual Report to the President by the Council of Economic Advisers
    “These reports were submitted to the President annually in December of 1946-1950.”
  • Establishment and Operation of Branches, Agencies and Currency Funds of Federal Reserve Banks
    “This 1938 report by the Division of Examinations of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System discusses the history and current (1938) operations of Federal Reserve Bank branches.”
  • The Inter-Ally Debts
    “Written in 1924 by Harvey E. Fisk, this book was “prepared in response to many requests for information regarding the cost of the World War [World War I], how this cost was met, and more particularly for information about the debts between allies…” It is part of the War Finance collection.”
  • Banking Reform
    “This 1912 book was published by the National Citizens’ League for the Promotion of Sound Banking. It describes conditions in the national banking system just prior to the establishment of the Federal Reserve System. Edited by J. Laurence Laughlin, he acknowledges contributions by H. Parker Willis, James P. Hall, F.R. Mechem, W.A. Scott, A.D. Welton, Frank H. Fayant, and M.S. Wildman.”

More New Material? Check the FRASER What’s New Page

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