The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) started in 2004 as a data preservation and accessibility project of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FRASER’s mission is to safeguard and provide easy access to economic history—particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System.
Furnishing economic information and data to the public has historically been an important mission for the St. Louis Fed. We continue that proud tradition, started by former St. Louis Fed Research Director Homer Jones in 1958, by offering digital access to historical policy documents and data to scholars, economists, analysts, students, and interested observers of the U.S. economy.
FRASER is a mixed subject and institutional repository that preserves and provides access to economic and banking data and policy documents. To this end, various types of documents have been digitized, including the following:
- Publications of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- Publications of District Federal Reserve Banks
- Statements and speeches of Federal Reserve policymakers
- Archival materials of Federal Reserve policymakers
- Economic data publications
- Statistical releases
- Congressional documents
- Reports by various organizations
Documents digitized for FRASER have been run through OCR software. The OCR software is generally accurate but the scanned data are uncorrected. Any data or text copied directly from a PDF should be checked for inaccuracies.
Some publications have been downloaded from their original institutions or secondary sources, including the websites of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Government Printing Office (GPO).
Many FRASER publications have had significant tables and articles extracted; these can be viewed individually or, in the case of a serial publication with recurring tables, across a span of issues.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous assistance from our partners:
Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) libraries
Federal Reserve System libraries
Government Printing Office (GPO)
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Missouri Historical Society
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
St. Louis Public Library
University of Utah
Washington University in St. Louis
Please contact us if you would like to discuss collaborating on an appropriate digitization project or have documents you would like to contribute to our collection. Thank you for visiting FRASER.