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The Center maintains a web-based clearing house for identifying the location of original manuscripts related to the Volga Germans. Researchers, scholars, and others knowledgeable about such materials are actively solicited for contributions to this clearing house.

It is known that unique collections of materials relating to the Volga Germans exist elsewhere, particularly in governmental and quasi-governmental facilities out side of North America. Consequently, one of the important roles of the Center is to actively seek assistance from and provide assistance to other organizations in the collection, documentation, indexing, and preservation of such materials pertaining to Volga Germans.

While much of the research done on Volga Germans requires a working knowledge of German and or Russian, the primary language of the CVGS will be English.