CRL's collection of German materials covers a broad spectrum of topics: documents on German foreign policy, colonial affairs, the Reich Chancellery, the military establishment, and the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei (NSDAP) (Nazi Party), including propaganda operations, Jewish persecution, and personal documentation on Hitler and post-War Germany.
Primary source materials include newspapers, press articles and clippings; government documents (ministerial acts and protocols; transcripts of parliamentary hearings); personal journals, diaries, and travel records; NSDAP-inspired laws and legal commentaries;military records including wartime maps, directives, intelligence, and reports on treason; war journals and activity reports and their appendices on operations and intelligence; and records of the interrogation of German officials of the Third Reich.
Secondary source materials include books, periodicals, pamphlets, research materials and doctoral dissertations. Approximately 400,000 German doctoral dissertations were cataloged between 2001 and 2008. Many dissertations are now available in electronic form. This collection covers a variety of subjects including medicine, law, education, church history, social movements, and finance.
The references below feature the strengths of CRL's holdings. Links point to more detailed descriptions in our catalog, and (where available) point to digital version of the content or digitized finding aids for microfilm. Collecting in this area continues through the purchase programs.