The Museum's Archives currently hold more than 70 million physical pages of documentary evidence of the Holocaust, as well as more than 100 million digitized pages of archival material. Among its major collections, there are more than three million pages of documents from both France and Romania, one million pages from the Netherlands, over two million pages from Poland, and 300,000 pages from Croatia. The Museum has collected thousands of pages of Jewish community documents in the Osobiy Archives, collections seized by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. In addition to Gestapo, Nazi party, and ministry records, the Osobiy Archives house files from the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens Berlin (Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Belief, Berlin), Jewish community records from Austria, Greece, and Croatia, and archives from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the World Jewish Congress in Paris. The Museum is also the respository of the United States for the holdings of the International Tracing Service Archive, Bad Arolsen, Germany.
These diverse collections, together with core holdings of Nazi records and access to American and foreign documentation at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), make the Center a unique facility for undertaking research on the Holocaust. The use of these archival materials by Center and visiting scholars is already having a significant impact on the field of Holocaust studies, in publications, public forums, and in the way that the Holocaust is being taught on American campuses.
The following links are provided to facilitate your research into the holdings and resources of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Library and Archival Collections
This guide provides researchers with a general overview of the textual record collections of the Museum and facilitates the first stage of the research process.
A combined catalog of published materials available in the Museum’s Library, and unpublished archival materials available in the Museum’s Archives. Published materials include books, serials, videos, CDs and other media. Unpublished archival materials include microfilm and microfiche, paper collections, photographs, music, and video and audio tapes.
This USHMM catalog is a resource for persons interested in the location of Holocaust oral history collections worldwide.
This online catalog is a comprehensive informational and archival resource for moving image materials pertaining to the Holocaust and related aspects of World War II throughout the world.
This searchable catalog provides information on approximately 20% of the 85,000 images in the Museum’s Photo Archives.
Archival Collection Guides
List of Jewish source collections available in the Museum Archives (a snapshot of the part of the Museum’s collections, as of May 2005, dealing with archival materials created by Jewish organizations, shadow organizations, communities, and individuals immediately preceding, during, and following the Holocaust).
This guide provides users with a select list of Museum archival collections that originate in the states of the former Soviet Union. Its aim is to present a sample of the rich archival resources at the Museum and to suggest future avenues of research on the Holocaust as it occurred in the former Soviet Union.
This fall 2010 list provides researchers with information on select archival collections that appear in the English language or in a combination of languages that include English.
A bibliography of books and articles on the subject of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust which compiles basic data on scholarly and other significant writings dealing with the period 1939-1945. It focuses primarily on Jewish armed resistance to Nazi Germany and its Axis allies throughout Europe.
The Center has initiated an effort to identify and disseminate information about Holocaust-related Jewish source manuscript and oral history collections in university, college, and other institutional libraries and archives in the United States, including those in Jewish museums and Holocaust education and memorial centers. This list contains the results of a preliminary survey conducted during the summer of 2003.
The Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center collects information about Jewish and non-Jewish survivors and victims of the Holocaust, creates research tools and resources related to the personal experiences of these individuals, and provide free reference services to the public.
Compiled to guide readers to materials on various Holocaust-related topics. They list only materials that are in the Museum Library’s collection or available via the World Wide Web.
THE HAÏM-VIDAL SEPHIHA JUDÉO-ESPAGNOL COLLECTION includes rare, antique books dating from the 15th century; weekly and monthly periodicals of the Sephardic communities of Israel, Europe, and South America; recordings of courses taught by Professor Sephiha; interviews with other scholars; songs in Judéo-Espagnol, Hebrew, Berber, Russian, Judeo-Arabic, and Yiddish; and a variety of sacred texts including Bibles, prayer books, and biblical commentaries. Contemporary works in the collection range across multiple disciplines, from historical studies to serial novels and folk tales to studies of minority languages and cultures.
In mid-2002, statements by Romanian President Ion Iliescu and other government officials reignited this issue by claiming that there had been no Holocaust in Romania, by suggesting that political opponents of the Nazis had been treated similarly to Jews, and by suggesting that Antonescu could not be viewed only in negative terms. The Museum led the international outcry and played a leading role in discussions that led Iliescu to appoint an independent commission, chaired by Nobel Laureate and Founding Museum Chairman Elie Wiesel, to produce a definitive history of Romania’s role during the Holocaust. Radu Ioanid, the Museum’s director of international archival programs and a native of Romania, served as US vice-chair of the commission, which included experts from Romania, the United States, Israel, France, and Germany.
The Museum's online encyclopedia contains articles, film, photographs, individual histories, survivor testimony, chronologies, maps, artifacts, music, and links to resources about major topics.
Requests for information
For information on specific archival collections or to make arrangements for conducting onsite research in the reading room, please contact the Museum Library reference desk using this form.