Looking Back 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, the Atlanta Fed reflected on its first 75 years as one of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Now the Federal Reserve has reached its 100th year, and we at the Atlanta Fed are once again taking stock, this time of our most recent 25 years, a period that ushered the Atlanta Fed into the modern era.

The world and the Federal Reserve have changed a great deal over the years spanning 1989 to 2014. When the Atlanta Fed produced its 75th anniversary commemoration, it was in the form of a book, printed with ink on paper as was then customary. E-mail, social media, and online videos were nascent, and the cellphone was in its infancy. In reflecting on our most recent history, we are using an array of methods—including video clips, still photography, and animation—to take you through the last two-and-a-half-decades.

Our commemoration is titled The Atlanta Fed in the Modern Era. Through a series of short essays, we cover leadership transitions, the changing landscape of federal monetary and banking legislation, and a host of other topics, such as the Atlanta Fed's move from downtown Atlanta to Midtown and our role in stabilizing the regional economy in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Related links accompany each essay, and through these links you can access more information about the Atlanta Fed, the Federal Reserve, and the work of the Fed on monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payments. We hope these essays collectively enhance your understanding of the important role the Atlanta Fed occupies in the southeastern economy.