Demand Purchase Program Expands Research Resources for Scholars

Friday, March 31, 2017
Mary Wilke -

The Demand Purchase program is a key service through which CRL acquires materials identified by researchers that may be costly, difficult to obtain, or beyond the scope of local collection policies. Patrons at CRL institutions may request materials from CRL in specific categories--foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival material--with a maximum expenditure of $2,000 per patron per year.

CRL's Demand Purchase: Archives program is particularly useful for scholars seeking to access critical primary source collections retained by national archives, government bureaus, or other organizations. Some recent acquisitions by CRL through this program illustrate the depth, diversity, and scope of CRL's collections. 

  • Germany. Oberkommando der Wehrmacht. Records of Headquarters, German Armed Forces High Command [catalog link
    CRL holds substantial portions of the records of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) in addition to other branches of the German High Command including Army (OKH), Navy (OKM), and Air Force (OKL) commands.  
  • Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Great Britain). Records of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. [Letters series] [catalog link]
    The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG) sent priests and schoolteachers to America to help provide the Church of England's ministry to the colonists and to take the message of the gospel to the slaves and native Americans. 
  • United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Records of the field offices for the state of South Carolina, 1865-1872 [catalog link]
    In the years following the Civil War, the Freedmen's Bureau provided assistance to tens of thousands of former slaves and impoverished whites in the Southern States. CRL holds portions of records from the central Bureau as well as state field offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
  • United States. Department of State. Records of the Department of State relating to the problems of relief and refugees in Europe arising from World War II and its aftermath, 1938-1949 [catalog link]
    These records relate to the State Department's interest and involvement in relief measures in Europe before, during, and after the war and with refugees displaced by persecution and fighting who were unable to return home after the war. 
  • United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-81 [catalog link]
    The Bureau of Indian Affairs was established within the War Department in 1824. The series contains incoming correspondence from all sources concerning Indian lands, emigration, treaty negotiations, claims, population, education, and many other subjects relating to Indians and to the operations of the Bureau. Recent receipts include correspondence from the Cheyenne River Agency, Chickasaw Agency, and Miscellaneous correspondence series.
  • United States. War Relocation Authority. Community analysis reports and community analysis trend reports, 1942-1946  [catalog link]
    The War Relocation Authority (WRA) was established in 1942 to assist persons of Japanese ancestry who had been evacuated from the west coast by military order in the interests of national security. The Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports document an effort by the WRA to obtain an understanding of the social background of the evacuees and their reactions to conditions in the relocation centers. Community analysis reports were accompanied in many instances by reports, interviews, questionnaires, and other writings by evacuees.

CRL has digitized numerous guides and finding aids to collections to facilitate access to these rich sources. Further information on CRL's collections may be found in CRL's Topic Guides.

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