The Museum is the central repository in the United States for the study of the Holocaust and serves scholars, students, educators, genealogists, and the broader public by providing access to its collections. These collections, combined with scholarly programs, help sustain the fields of Holocaust and genocide studies and preserve the memory of this tragic history. Read more about the scope and nature of the collections.
The Museum’s ability to preserve the memory of the Holocaust relies on its collections, which include photographs; artifacts; films; music; archival documentation; books; testimonies from Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, and eyewitnesses; and more. Each piece of evidence is a crucial part of the historical record that personalizes history and deepens our understanding.
The online Collections Search provides detailed descriptions of the Museum’s diverse collections, including publications, photographs, objects, documents, recordings, moving images, films, music, and oral histories.
The wide variety of competitive academic programs undertaken in the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies includes research workshops; in-residence fellowships; seminars for college, seminary, and university faculty; graduate student research assistantships; and many more programs that help ensure the development of future generations of Holocaust studies scholars. In addition, the Center develops and coordinates a series of symposia, conferences, archival acquisition, and publication efforts.
The hundreds of program participants who come to the Center each year benefit from tenure at the Museum, which allows them the opportunity to utilize the rich resources of our collections and to interact with an international group of scholars at all stages of their careers and from a wide number of academic disciplines. This, in turn, allows for the development of strong networks of scholars who are capable of strengthening the field for generations to come.