Search for your topic in the following databases which may be found in the Databases A-Z listing on the Rod Library homepage under the Articles tab. ABI/Inform, Business Knowledge Research, EconLit, Fed in Print, FRASER, and NBER Working Papers are sources of economic history and statistics. The New York Times (1851-2007) has the full text of articles from that time period in which they were published and may also contain information on the economy.
Fed in Print (index to Federal Reserve Research)
FRASER (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research)
See also: Google Scholar