A principal goal of the Museum since its inception has been to make available for research in the United States a broad-based archive of Holocaust source materials. Guiding access to the multi-million-page archival holdings and other textual records of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this reference work makes available for the first time collection-by-collection descriptions of the Museum’s rich and growing holdings. The Archival Guide supplies summary information about the subject matter of each collection, its provenance, size, major languages, and medium (microfilm, paper, tape), as well as a report on the status of cataloging and other finding aids.
The Archival Guide has been prepared by Brewster S. Chamberlin, longtime Director of the Museum’s International Archival Acquisition Program, and by Carl Modig of the same staff. It has been produced by the Academic Publications Program of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in order to enhance access to the Museum’s collections, to stimulate research, and to facilitate the use of primary source materials in teaching about the Holocaust.
The online version of the Archival Guide has been updated to include acquisitions made by the Museum between August 2001 and January 2003.