Visual History Archive

An invaluable resource for humanity, with nearly every testimony encompassing a complete personal history of life before, during and after the subject’s firsthand experience with genocide.

Audiences Interact with Pinchas Gutter in Early New Dimensions in Testimony Pilot

Development took a major step forward this month for New Dimensions in Testimony, the 3D, fully interactive display of Holocaust survivors created by USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and Conscience Display.


USC Shoah Foundation Guest Book Receives Messages of Thanks and Inspiration From Around the World

Six months after it launched, the online guest book has gathered a remarkable collection of messages from people who have been affected by testimony. All are encouraged to sign the guest book until Dec. 31, 2014.


Using Stories as Data and Data to Tell Stories

Steve Kay, dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, believes that the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive holds many keys to unlocking the enigmatic conditions that have led to genocides throughout history.

  • Search the Visual History Archive

    Find out how to conduct searches in the Institute's Visual History Archive. Log on to our Visual History Archive Online and search the entire catalog of nearly 52,000 witnesses so far catalogued and indexed of the over 53,000 testimonies housed at the Institute. Watch a sample of 1,228 video testimonies.

  • About the Visual History Archive

    Learn about the history of the Visual History Archive, including the Institute's efforts to expand its video testimony holdings.

  • Collections

    The Visual History Archive contains several collections of video testimonies. Beginning with the Holocaust collection, containing testimonies from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, the Institute is working on incorporating other collections of testimony on the Cambodian genocide, the genocide in Rwanda, and the Armenian genocide.

  • Find an Access Site Near You

    The Institute has 50 access sites around the world where you can access the Visual History Archive.