FAQs

Why are some publications missing an issue? For example, there is no October 1978 issue of Business Conditions Digest.

Despite our best efforts, in some cases we have not yet located all issues of every publication. It is assumed that within the Federal Depository System (those libraries collecting federal documents and publications) a series will be found complete, but this is not always the case. We continue to search for missing issues and ask that anyone with information on their location please contact us. Our goal is to make our digital collection complete.

Can I get the data in spreadsheet or plain text format?

We are currently investigating methods to convert scanned tables into spreadsheet format, but are limited by a couple of factors. Converting scanned tables into spreadsheet format is complicated by the quality of the scan and the layout of the table, and this makes converting images to a usable format cost-prohibitive. With this in mind, our initial goal is to convert only a limited number of tables, likely only those that have a high research value.

Is it possible to suggest a publication to be included in FRASER®?

Yes. We are always open to suggestions for publications and statistics to include in FRASER®. Please feel free to contact us with the name and dates of the publication you would like included. And, if you know of a repository (library, private company, etc.) that would like to donate the publication for scanning, please let us know.

Will FRASER® include regional economic statistics?

Our goal is to make FRASER® the premier location for electronically archived economic statistics. Primarily, we are interested in federal government publications, but we are open to state and local publications and statistics (specifically those related to the area of the 8th Federal Reserve District). We will consider all suggestions sent to us.

Is everything on FRASER free of copyright restrictions? How do I obtain permission to use documents on FRASER?

While most of the documents on FRASER are in the public domain (free of any copyright restrictions), we have included some documents for which we have obtained permission from copyright holders to post on our website. The inclusion of documents on FRASER does not necessarily mean that they are free of restrictions for all users. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis does not own copyright for the majority of documents included on FRASER and cannot grant or deny permission to use the content. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of the copyright status and ownership of an item and for securing any necessary permissions rests with the individual who wants to use the item.

In general, works published in the United States before 1923 and works created by the U.S. Government are in the public domain. Additional information on copyright and public domain status is available from the Cornell Copyright Information Center, Copyright Clearance Center and U.S. Copyright Office.