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Public Statements of Presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Date: 1911-2008
These collections reflect the print holdings of the Federal Reserve System. They may not include all statements and speeches delivered by the Presidents, although effort has been made to provide a complete record.

Hearings before the Reserve Bank Organization Committee - Saint Louis, Missouri (PDF)

Date: January 21-22, 1914
Transcripts from the RBOC hearings in St. Louis, Missouri.

By-Laws of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Mo. (PDF)

Date: November 1914
Published set of the Bank's initial by-laws, with handwritten amendments recorded by employee C.M. Stewart.

Telegram, Martin to McAdoo (PDF)

Date: November 16, 1914
Telegram from William McChesney Martin, Sr. to Treasury Secretary William McAdoo, reporting on the opening of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Telegram, McAdoo to Martin (PDF)

Date: November 16, 1914
Telegram from Treasury Secretary William G. McAdoo to William McChesney Martin, Sr. sending congratulations on the opening of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Exhibits prepared for the St. Louis Hearing (PDF)

Date: 1914
Exhibits presented by E.C. Simmons of Simmons Hardware Company at the Reserve Bank Organization Committee hearing to support the designation of St. Louis as a regional Reserve Bank. This is an example of the materials that were produced by the businesses and citizens of St. Louis to attest to the importance of the city and its area of influence.

Box 2665, Folder 8 (PDF)

Date: 1914
Map titled "Trade Territory Tributary to St. Louis, Mo Compared With Other Cities." This map was presented by E.C. Simmons, owner of Simmons Hardware Company, at the Reserve Bank Organization Committee hearing in St. Louis.

Box 2653, Folder 5: #92 St. Louis (PDF)

Date: 1914
Maps of the St. Louis region and of national sales of St. Louis manufacturing output presented to the Reserve Bank Organization Committee. This exhibit was prepared by Shapleigh Hardware Company, which was headquartered in St. Louis.

Federal Reserve Bank with Special Reference to District No. 8: The Resources and Chief Products of the District (PDF)

Date: 1915
Publication featuring information on agriculture, industry, commerce, and transportation in the counties and communities located in the Eighth Federal Reserve District.

First Two Years of the Federal Reserve Bank (PDF)

Date: November 14, 1916
Address delivered by William McChesney Martin, Sr. before the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, reprinted from The Saint Louis Banker.

Hearing before the Federal Reserve Board on behalf of the City of Louisville, Petitioning for a Branch Federal Reserve Bank of the St. Louis Reserve District (PDF)

Date: December 21, 1916
Transcript from a hearing at the Board of Governors in Washington, DC, attended by Louisville bankers and business leaders who supported the establishment of a Branch in their city.

Annual Report for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Date: 1916-2013
Annual reports that document the Bank's structure, functions, and financial condition.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review

Date: 1917-1966
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has published a monthly review of business conditions since 1917, under various titles.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis circulars

Date: 1920-1960
These circulars were issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to member banks. They address topics key to the Bank's mission and describe the Bank's procedures, processes, and corporate culture.

Little Rock Branch brochure (PDF)

Date: circa 1920s-1940s
Brochure produced to promote the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The Work of Examining Banks (PDF)

Date: 1923
Memorandum describing the bank examination function, written by J.G. Dever, manager of the Examination Division of the F. R. Agent's Department, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Little Rock Branch brochure (PDF)

Date: circa 1930s
Brochure produced to promote the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Episodes of My Life (PDF)

Date: 1933
Autobiography by Rolla Wells, the first President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Mayor of St. Louis during the World's Fair era, 1901-09.

Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (PDF)

Date: 1936
Brochure produced to promote the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Federal Reserve System Today (PDF)

Date: 1936
Informational brochure published by the St. Louis Fed that describes the structure and functions of the Federal Reserve System, with information on membership requirements and benefits.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (PDF)

Date: June 1941
Dissertation by Wilber Clarence Bothwell that explores the establishment, operation, and administration of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and discusses various economic aspects of the Eighth Federal Reserve District.

Fiscal Agency Operations of the Federal Reserve Banks (PDF)

Date: March 8, 1951
Description of the functions performed by the Federal Reserve Banks in their role as fiscal agent for the United States Treasury, prepared by St. Louis Fed employee John J. Christ.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Welcomes You (PDF)

Date: 1952
Promotional brochure containing information about the Federal Reserve System, functions of the Federal Reserve Banks, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Bank Supervision (PDF)

Date: 1963
Compilation of papers delivered at a staff conference on March 15, 1963.

Proposed Plan for Improved Public Information for the Federal Reserve System (PDF)

Date: August 1976
This plan, also known as the "Roos Report," was designed to increase public understanding of the functions, responsibilities, and policies of the Federal Reserve System and to enhance public confidence in the System.

A Foregone Conclusion: The Founding of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (PDF)

Date: 1989
Book by historian James Neal Primm that documents the establishment of the Federal Reserve System, the reasons St. Louis was selected as a Reserve Bank city, and the Bank's early operations.

Special Issue of Review in Commemoration of the Federal Reserve System Centennial

Date: November / December 2013
Special issue of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review that explores the history of the St. Louis Fed.