How to Use This Website
What is the purpose of FederalReserveHistory.org?
The goals of FederalReserveHistory.org are to make the vast amount of historical material on the Fed more findable and easier to understand and to use in order to provide greater transparency into change and continuity in our nation's central bank over the last 100 years.
How do I navigate the website?
The site provides content arranged in four sections: events, people, purpose, and search.
The Events section features an interactive timeline of significant events in the Federal Reserve's history, each of which helps illustrate the site's key themes. In addition to being displayed in chronological order, the events are categorized into thematic periods (e.g., The Great Moderation). Click on any thumbnail to see a brief preview of the event, and click on "More" to see the full event essay. At the bottom of each thematic period section is a gray bar; click here to see more about the selected thematic period. In the future events will be added that pertain to other aspects of the Fed's history such as its role in consumer protection and community development and in the payments system.
The People section contains biographies of people who figure prominently in the Federal Reserve's history. Each biography emphasizes the person's work at the Fed and provides information on how to find out more about the person online. As with the events section, click on any thumbnail to see the full biography. To view additional people within a particular thematic period, click the gray arrows on the left and right sides of the period window. At this time, the people selected are the members of the Board of Governors and the chief executives of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, along with a few others who had a significant influence on the Fed.
The Events and People sections are arranged on a graphical view as the default setting. To change to a list view, click the "List" button above the top right corner of the graphical view. To return to the graphical view, click the "Graphical" button above the top right corner of the list view.
The Purpose section briefly explains why the Fed was started, what it does, and how it impacts your daily life. It uses text, images, and videos to illustrate how the purposes and functions of the Fed have evolved over the last century and provides links to more detailed purposes and functions content that already exists on Fed websites. Navigate through this section by using the gray arrows on the left and right sides of the page.
The Search section gives users the opportunity to search historical material that has been digitized and uploaded to various online repositories, many of which reside on the websites of Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors. To search these archives, input a search term into the search box on the home page or in the top right corner of any other page. You can also start a search on an event, thematic period, or biography you're reading by selecting the "Search This Event," "Search This Period," and "Search This Person" button at the top of the page.
What if I want to learn more?
Within each event essay, thematic period essay, and biography, there are links to additional information about the topic. Additionally, you can click on "Around the Fed" in the footer of any page and navigate to other websites from the Federal Reserve, including the websites of the 12 Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors, as well as educational and reference sites.
How can I find a specific item on this site?
Searching for that item will likely be the most direct route to finding it. To search the archives, input a search term into the search box on the home page or in the top right corner of any other page. You can also start a search on an event, thematic period, or biography you're reading by selecting the "Search This Event," "Search This Period," and "Search This Person" button at the top of the page.
FederalReserveHistory.org is committed to making this website accessible to all users and ensuring that it meets or exceeds the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. This site is presented in a format designed to be accessible to users of assistive technology. All videos have closed captioning and transcripts.
Through the Archives search feature on FederalReserveHistory.org, you can access documents that are not housed within this site. These materials are governed by their host website's accessibility policy.