Historians and cultural critics have been studying historical financial records since at least the time of the professionalization of the disciplines in the late nineteenth century. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, for example, many historians in the United States turned their attention to the history of business and banking. In the first iteration of digital history in the United States, economic historians developed sophisticated methods to handle data at the macro level.
Digitization of HFRs at the granular level has the potential to create new opportunities for researchers. This page will feature posts from historians, scholars in literary and cultural studies, and librarians involved in projects that use HFRs, especially those with a web component.
Contact us to write a post, to point to your own project, or to discuss problems and possible solutions for markup of HFRs.