Researchers and students should find the following links of great utility:
Eh.Net: Find here an encyclopedia written by leading experts, reviews of important books, a wide variety of raw data (most downloadable in MS-Excel format), and an extensive page of links to economic history-related academic journals, data sets, museums, professional organizations, researchers, and seminars.
Researchers interested in doing archival research on U.S. banking can start with this list of America's best publicly available bank archives.
FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research): Is one of a number of online economic databases maintained by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. Most of the data, some of which goes back to the founding of the nation, is in .pdf format.
FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data): This FRASER companion is the go-to source for free, downloadable Excel data on banking, business, consumer and producer prices, employment, exchange rates, interest rates, and money supply data for the entire U.S.A. Some series go back to the Great Depression.
MeasuringWorth: Ever wonder how much a dollar is worth? This site tells you, in myriad ways that are simultaneously sophisticated, easy, and fun! Includes data for the U.S.A., the U.K., Japan, and China. Also includes GDP, population, inflation and interest rates, and stock market indices.
Museum of American Finance: Its Center for Financial Education is an outstanding resource for students seeking accessible information as well as for teachers looking for lesson plans.
National Bureau of Economic Research: This is the outfit that calls turns in the business cycle of the U.S. economy. Its downloadable data includes employment, international trade, macroeconomic variables, patents, vital statistics, and much more.
Social Science Research Network: At this site you can download scholarly papers-in-progress on a wide variety of topics, most for free.
WorldCat: A fast way to find books in libraries across the nation.
NOTE: Augustana College students and faculty who are logged into the network can use Mikkelsen Library’s customized WorldCat portal instead.