Political Research Associates (PRA) maintains an extensive free specialized
library of primary and secondary materials that is open to the public
through advanced reservation of the available seating for researchers.
The library reading room is comfortable, well-lit, and temperature-controlled
at 72 degrees.
The collection contains over one half million items, including 5,000 books,
1,121 sample serials, 120 archived serials, and 480,000 documents on antidemocratic,
authoritarian, and other oppressive movements and trends in the United
The file cabinets contain vertical files with direct mail appeals, clippings,
pamphlets, and flyers.
In addition there are hundreds of videotapes and audiotapes with the equipment
for viewing and listening by individuals or small study groups. Some of
our serials run in full sets back to the early 1980s.
As PRA strives to adhere to the rigorous standards of social science research,
we use the library to inform and fact-check our own work.
PRA staff regularly
access the files to answer information inquiries, and visiting researchers
hunt down important documentation which is often not available
Those we have hosted include community activists researching hate crimes;
labor activists investigating anti-union campaigns; students looking into
anti-democratic movements and trends;
researchers and writers needing to
fact-check and strengthen their work; and legal professionals preparing
for civil rights and civil liberties cases.
Photocopies can be made from the collection for a small fee that starts
at ten cents per page and declines as the volume increases to five cents
per page. PRA does insist that researchers observe the applicable copyright
Political Research Associates is an independent, nonprofit, research center,
based on progressive values, that serves as a national resource for information
on antidemocratic, authoritarian, and other oppressive movements and trends. PRA
is committed to advancing an open, democratic, and pluralistic society
by providing useful, accurate, and reliable research and analysis to activists,
journalists, educators, policymakers, and the public at large.