The Federal Reserve Board turns 100 this December.

To mark the event the U.S. central bank is pulling together an inventory of historical materials.

They include records that Paul Volcker kept as chairman of the board and collections from Alfred Hayes, who was the fourth and longest-serving (19 years) president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

"The inventory will serve as a resource for researchers, academics, and others interested in studying the history of the nation's central bank," the agency said in a press release Wednesday.

The collection, which draws across all 12 Reserve banks and the Board of Governors, as well as the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research, will provide access to historical records, documents, photographs, audio and video recordings.

To help expand its collection, the Fed is asking historians, scholars and other members of the public to identify additional materials that can be added to the collection.

Additionally, Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will chair a planning committee to help expand on the central bank's effort to make its history more widely available.

Volcker and Chairman Alan Greenspan are also serving as honorary co-chairs of a Centennial Advisory Council.

The central bank was created on Dec. 23, 1913, under the Federal Reserve Act, signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson.

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