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Planning for the Centennial

Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Inventory Submission FAQ


When will the centennial commemoration begin and how long will it last?

The commemoration of the centennial will begin in late 2013 and continue through late 2014. During this time, the Federal Reserve will observe three important milestones in its formation:

  • December 23, 1913: President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Reserve Act into law.
  • May 1914: The charters for the 12 Reserve Banks are signed.
  • November 1914: The Reserve Banks open their doors.

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Will each of the Federal Reserve Banks commemorate the centennial separately or is this a Federal Reserve System initiative? 

Commemoration of the Federal Reserve centennial will occur at a System level, and each Federal Reserve Bank will also commemorate at a local level.

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What events and activities is the Federal Reserve planning to commemorate the centennial?

While our planning efforts are still under way, we have committed to creating an inventory of Federal Reserve historical material and intend to highlight the centennial at existing annual Federal Reserve System Research conferences.  We also plan to create a short video on the Federal Reserve.

More specific public communications about the centennial will be provided as details are finalized.

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What is the inventory of Federal Reserve historical documents?

The inventory is the first project undertaken as a part of preparing for the upcoming centennial.  The inventory is a list of historical records, documents, and other materials related to the Federal Reserve System and its leaders, including information about the size and location of the historical collections.

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Is everything on the list available digitally?

Not at this time; however, many items in the inventory are digitized, and information about web availability is included.  Reserve Bank and Board websites and the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research ( include a number of historical collections.  Material housed in other places may also be available on the web. In addition, the inventory includes material that has not been published.

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When will the collections listed in the inventory be available online?

It is hard to say with precision, but as part of the project, the Federal Reserve will increase the number of historical collections that it digitizes.  Holders of collections outside of the Federal Reserve may or may not have plans to digitize their holdings; each institution has to make that determination based on available resources.

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Who can submit information about collections that should be listed in the inventory?

Anyone can submit their ideas for historical material that should be included in the inventory through the Federal Reserve public websites.

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What materials are you looking for?

We are looking for information about Fed-related historical records, collections of papers, and artifacts that should be listed in the inventory.  We are not collecting the material itself at this time.

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Last update: August 2, 2013