An institutional project with a wide-ranging scope such as this one requires the support and cooperation of many people in the institution. This Archival Guide would not have been researched, compiled, written, published, or made electronically accessible without the assistance of numerous Museum staff members who deserve public expression of gratitude.
The project never would have progressed beyond the idea stage without the strong support and regular encouragement of Sara Bloomfield, Director of the Museum; Paul Shapiro, Director of the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies; and the full Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, co-chaired by Professors Deborah E. Lipstadt of Emory University and Steven T. Katz of Boston University.
Numerous members of the Collections Division, particularly the staffs of its Archives and of its Art and Artifacts branch, contributed much time, technical and content expertise, draft collection descriptions, and language and organizational skills in abundance. Among others, Division Chief Diane Saltzman, Chief Archivist Henry Mayer, Laurie Baty, Aleksandra Borecka, Heather Erskine, Ferenc Katona, Aaron Kornblum, Stephen Mize, Sanja Primorac, Travis Roxlau, Kyra Shuster, C. Jerry Simmons, Sara Sirman, and Susan Snyder all made special contributions to ensure completion of the project.
The International Archival Programs Division staff of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, where both principal preparers of this first Archival Guide served during the Guide’s preparation, provided immense assistance throughout and in innumerable ways. Division Director Radu Ioanid, Vadim Altskan, Ellen Gerstein, Jürgen Matthäus, Anatol Steck, as well as Peggy Frankston in Paris, Jerzy Halberzstadt and Alina Skibinska in Warsaw, Klaus Müller in Amsterdam, and Lisa Topelmann in Berlin, are all deserving of special mention.
Numerous other people across the Museum, including Peter Black, Martin Dean, Severin Hochberg, Jeremy Leffler, Geoffrey Megargee, Jacek Nowakowski and Bret Werb, willingly provided much-needed help whenever asked. Michael O’Sullivan and Gregory Caplan, two graduate summer research assistants recruited to work on the Guide with support from a generous grant to the Museum from the Dorot Foundation, researched and wrote numerous entries. The Dorot Foundation’s support is also gratefully acknowledged.
Benton Arnovitz and Aleisa Fishman saw to the essential work of final editing, production, and electronic presentation, as did Mel Hecker, Lea Caruso, Mariah Keller, Shadi Bahar, Arnold Kramer, and Robert Twitty.