USC Shoah Foundation is expanding the Visual History Archive to include additional Holocaust testimonies through a program called Preserving the Legacy, in which the Institute digitizes, indexes and integrates testimony taken and owned by other institutions to preserve them and make them more accessible to scholars, students, educators and the general public.
Partner organizations retain ownership of their material, and receive digital copies to make the oral histories accessible at their own institutions, museums and websites. Meanwhile, the testimonies will also be viewable in the Institute’s Visual History Archive.
Preserving the Legacy collections include:
- Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) of the San Francisco Bay Area. JFCS, which runs the JFCS Holocaust Center, began recording its nearly 1,400 oral history interviews of Holocaust survivors, witnesses and liberators in the early 1980s. These testimonies will be available in the Visual History Archive in the fall of 2015.
- The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Center in Toronto has 1,250 Holocaust testimonies, which include small collections from several Canadian cities. They are currently being digitized.
To support Preserving the Legacy, please contact Dornsife Advancement at (213) 740-4990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.