1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 23, 2021 1:18 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking Governor Cramer correspondence on Jewish refugees

    Christopher Finch Newbie

      Starting in 1938, Governor Lawrence Cramer of the US Virgin Islands requested federal government permission to accept German Jewish refugees.  This was denied.  I am looking for copies of the correspondence between the Governor and the US State Department, the Department of Interior, the Department of the Navy, the US Attorney General and the US Department of Labor regarding these requests.

        • Re: Seeking Governor Cramer correspondence on Jewish refugees
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. Finch,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Correspondence of Executive Officials, 1920 - 1950 in the Records of the Government of the Virgin Islands, (Record Group 55) and the series Alphabetical Subject Files, 1938 - 1941 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that contains a file unit Virgin Islands Refugees, which may contain the correspondence that you seek.  For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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