Monday, August 20, 2012

St. Louis Fed Announces Marriner Eccles Document Collection

The Marriner S. Eccles Document Collection has been digitized by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Archive (FRASER), providing access to nearly 10,000 documents, part of the collection held by the University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library; the university loaned the materials to the St. Louis Fed for digitization. Eccles was the architect of the Banking Act of 1935, which restructured the Federal Reserve System into its current form. He was heavily involved in the Bretton Woods negotiations that created the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and he served as a key economic policy advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eccles served as chairman (1934-48) and member (1948-51) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The collection provides research material about the Federal Reserve System, particularly during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as Eccles’s role in the monetary and fiscal systems of the United States during those years.
    The documents can be browsed and searched by box, date, author, or keyword. Full-text searching is also available through a site-level advanced search, which can be narrowed to only items in the Eccles collection. The collection available at the University of Utah contains papers from the period 1910 through 1985; the documents selected for digitization here represent only a portion of the complete collection and focus on the years when Marriner Eccles was working within the Federal Reserve System. The finding aid for the complete collection is available at,1726.
    Other archival collections that have been made digitally available on FRASER include Papers from the Committee on the History of the Federal Reserve System (held by the Brookings Institution) and the William McChesney Martin, Jr., Document Collection (held by the Missouri Historical Society).