Collections Search provides access to records across the Museum’s collections, including publications, photographs, objects, documents, moving images, music, and oral histories.
The Museum’s collection is the basis for investigating aspects of the Holocaust and its lasting impact. There are many different ways that people can use the collection, in person and online, to learn about the Holocaust and conduct research.
- Plan a research visit to the Museum
- Seek family members and trace their history
- Ask for assistance
- View online features (special focus pages, online exhibitions, and collections highlights)
- Find materials using our tools
- Borrow, duplicate, and donate items
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was established by an act of Congress that mandated the creation of a “permanent living memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.” It is the items that belonged to those victims and survivors—as well as other materials that relate their stories, experiences, and histories—that form the basis of the Museum’s collection. Many of these items have been donated by individuals who directly experienced the Holocaust or by their families, and they are often imbued with tremendous emotion, personal meaning, and historical importance.
Museum staff collect, preserve, and make available to the public the historical record of the Holocaust and support the Museum’s wide-ranging efforts in the areas of research, exhibition, publication, education, and commemoration. The Museum’s collection covers a broad range of subject areas and includes many types of media.