The USC Shoah Foundation Institute will drive widespread use of the archive among undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars, and support faculty research.
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute will augment its outreach to secondary school educators and students in the United States through the creation of a new generation of web-based educational tools which will provide easier access to the testimonies in the archive. The Institute will also sharpen the focus of its international outreach, working with governmental entities and nongovernmental organizations to reach educators at a national level with educational programs that incorporate the localized use of testimony.
To provide greater opportunity to enhance education, scholarship, and research through the use of testimony, and to increase public use of the archive, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute will work with universities, archives, museums, and other institutions to establish new points of access around the world. Such access allows for endless possibility with regards to graduate level research, undergraduate courses, and secondary school education.
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is undertaking a multi-year, multimillion dollar effort to preserve and provide access to the testimonies in the Visual History Archive. The Institute will use state-of-the-art technology to duplicate each of the nearly 52,000 testimonies in a digital format that will prevent physical deterioration. At the same time, the Institute will create copies of each testimony that can be played on any commercial video player, which will make it easier than ever before to share the testimonies with people around the world.
Witnesses for Humanity—New Testimonies
In the years ahead, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute will participate in projects to collect and disseminate memories of other genocides, which will create new opportunities for documentation, education, and research.