Often known by its acronym CRSP, Center for Research in Security Prices is a research center at the Booth School of Business (founded in 1898) of the University of Chicago. CRSP is a non-profit center which also functions as a vendor of historical data.
The Business School currently subscribes to the following CRSP databases:
CRSP databases are currently accessed via the SAS programming interface.
CRSP binary data can be directly extracted into SAS using Eventus. Eventus is an add-in to SAS which accesses CRSP data from the Suffolk network and performs event studies. Eventus is installed by default in SAS.
View document that provides guidance on accessing CRSP data through SAS - Courtesy of Professor Robyn McLaughlin, Finance Department