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St. Louis Fed Releases New and Improved Free Digital Library


ST. LOUIS – The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has launched a new and improved version of its digital library of economic, financial and banking materials and has also made its content available to a broader audience through inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) turned 10 years old this year. Marking its decade in existence, FRASER now features these improvements, among others:

  • more intuitive browsing;
  • improved search;
  • clearer organization for archival collections;
  • sharing of FRASER resources via social media and email;
  • an in-page PDF viewer for faster viewing and browsing, as well as the ability to link to a specific page in the document;
  • ability to export information to the citation management program Zotero; and
  • a function that allows users to download metadata in XML or JSON.

FRASER material also is now available through DPLA, which offers the public access to digital items from libraries, archives and museums across the country.  The work of incorporating FRASER into DPLA was completed with the partnership of the Missouri History Museum library staff.

“The improvements to FRASER and inclusion of our information in DPLA further the St. Louis Fed’s goal of making free economic information available to a broad audience,” said Katrina Stierholz, director of library and research information services at the St. Louis Fed.

The more than 450,000 items in FRASER include Fed officials’ speeches and statements, data and statistical publications, government documents, archival collections, photos, maps and books relating to economic or Federal Reserve history.

FRASER was created in 2004 to preserve and increase access to historical economic and banking materials. It is the largest digital collection of Fed historical materials and covers the economic history of the U.S., from the American Revolution to the present. Its continued mission is to safeguard and provide easy access to the nation’s economic history.

For information on how to use this free digital library, see the St. Louis Fed’s guide to FRASER.