Central Bank History

Welcome to the Minneapolis Fed’s Central Banking History pages! Here you’ll find a narrative timeline of the history of central banking in the United States, created to complement the PBS American Experience about Alexander Hamilton. You’ll also find links to history resources at other Fed banks, and more technical research on particular topics covered here. As time passes we hope to expand these pages to include more detail on Central Banking around the world and educational tools for teachers and students. Start here to learn more about the origins of the Federal Reserve.

A History of Central Banking in the United States

Glossary of Banking Terms