Visual History Archive (USC Shoah Foundation and ProQuest)

In 1994, Steven Spielberg, director of the film “Schindler’s List,” established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation at the University of Southern California (USC), with a goal to “record on videotape the testimonies of 50,000 survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust from around the world for educational purposes before it was too late.” This initial undertaking was completed in 1999.

While most of the original 51,696 Holocaust testimonies in the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive came from Jewish Holocaust survivors, testimonies were also obtained from survivors of persecution against the Sinti and Roma (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals, from survivors of Nazi eugenics policies, and from political prisoners and forced laborers, as well as from rescuers and aid providers, liberators, and participants in war crimes trials.  Subsequently, in keeping with the Shoah Foundation’s mission “to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry—and the suffering they cause—through the educational use of the Visual History Archive,” the Archive was expanded to include testimonies provided by eyewitnesses to a number of other genocides.

The Visual History Archive provides access to a fully streaming video collection of indexed primary-source testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.  Within this archive, the largest of its kind, “history is preserved as told by the people who lived it,” and “the vast majority of the testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after interviewees’ firsthand experience with genocide.”  (A supplementary feature enables the user to connect to contextual and related materials in other ProQuest databases.)

Total number of items: More than 54,400 video testimonies at an average of two hours each.

[Subcollections:] the European Holocaust, 1939-1945 (52,309 interviews); the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923 (334 interviews); the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda, 1994 (86 interviews); the Nanjing Massacre, 1937-1938 (30 interviews); the Guatemalan Genocide, 1978-1996 (10 interviews); and the Cambodian Genocide, 1975-1979 (5 interviews)]

  • Roughly 116,000 hours of film
  • Transcripts being added over time (initially over 900 German transcripts and almost 1,000 English transcripts)
  • Almost 65,000 index terms in English
  • Over 719,000 images (photographs, documents, works of art, artifacts from war, etc.)
  • 9 million names of family members and prominent figures
  • Roughly 49,000 location references
  • 2,500 recitations of literary works (poems, letters, diaries)
  • Over 2,100 musical recitals
  • Date range: 1915-1996
  • Geographic/language information: The filmed interviews were conducted in 63 countries in more than 40 different languages.  Over 27,000 testimonies are in English.

Examples of uses:  The Visual History Archive has served as a major resource for history and genealogy researchers, including individuals drawing on Archive content in producing dissertations and theses, publications, and documentary films.  In addition, curricula across a multiplicity of disciplines, in a variety of educational settings from secondary schools to colleges and universities, have made use of Visual History Archive material.  Examples of instructional use:

French Literature teaching example

Graphic Art teaching example

Additional information:

 

Lydia Wasylenko, Librarian for Citizenship and Humanities, Syracuse University Libraries

Potential Additions to the Principal Collections to Explore

Syracuse University Libraries welcomes feedback about the following resources for which we currently have trial access during February 2018. Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments, particularly about how a specific resource would support your research and/or the curriculum of your school or college. Send feedback to the collections team at colls@syr.edu. Please be aware that we are exploring these resources for future consideration, and there is no guarantee that we will be able to subscribe, especially within a specific timeframe.

GeoRef on the Engineering Village platform is available through March 16th. This is an index to the geoscience literature of the world containing references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. Syracuse University Libraries currently subscribes to GeoRef on the ProQuest platform, please send any feedback you may have comparing the two resources.

Geofacets is available through March 16th. It offers over 1.5 million ready-to-use maps, figures and tables sourced from esteemed scientific publications, covering a wide spectrum of geoscience disciplines from general geology to specialized subject areas like organic geochemistry and sequence stratigraphy. Content types include maps, stratigraphic columns, seismic sections, cross-sections, well data and more.

A representative for GeoRef and Geofacets will be visiting Bird Library on Tuesday, February 20th at 1pm in Room 002 to demonstrate GeoRef and Geofacets. Please join us to explore these tools further!

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database is available from ProQuest through March 2nd. This database includes AGRICOLA, TOXLINE, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (ESPM), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) databases and provides full-text titles from around the world. It includes scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications and covers such topics as the effects of pollution on people and animals and environmental action and policy responses.

Environment Complete from EBSCO is available through March 1st. This full-text database offers coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study and includes full text and indexing for journals, books and monographs.

IGI Global Teaching Cases is available through March 30th. These cases include an executive summary, background information, project description, current status of the case/project, epilogue and lessons learned, additional resources for further research covering real-life examples of global implementation, utilization, and management of Information Science and Technology.

 Please note: Limited on-campus access to these resources are provided by the vendors for the purpose of evaluating their usefulness and potential value to the SU community. Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.

Potential Resources for Review in February

Syracuse University Libraries welcomes feedback about the following resources for which we currently have trial access during February 2018. Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments, particularly about how a specific resource would support your research and/or the curriculum of your school or college. Send feedback to the collections team at colls@syr.edu. Please be aware that we are exploring these resources for future consideration, and there is no guarantee that we will be able to subscribe, especially within a specific timeframe.

Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy is a highly visual, online tool that allow virtual exploration anatomical systems and regions of the body. It includes 3D printable models. A representative from Gale will be visiting Bird Library on Tuesday, February 13th at 1 p.m. in Room 017 to demonstrate this tool. Syracuse University Libraries currently subscribes to Anatomy.TV, please send any feedback you may have comparing the two resources.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online is available from Alexander Street Press through March 3. It provides access to field audio recordings and materials from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Social Work Online is available from Alexander Street Press through March 3. It is a resource that pairs recently published social work textbooks with documentaries clinical demonstration videos, and lectures that illustrate the complex and challenging realities social work students will face as practitioners.

Food Studies Online is available from Alexander Street Press through March 3. This resource provides archival content, visual ephemera, monographs, and videos that explore how food shapes the world around us.

CAB Abstracts is available from EBSCO through March 1. Produced by CABI, CAB Abstracts is the leading English-language abstracts information service providing access to the world’s applied life sciences literature.

Global Health is available from EBSCO through March 1. Produced by CABI, this database covers all aspects of public health at both international and community levels, as well as a wealth of material from other biomedical and life science fields.

CINAHL is available from EBSCO through March 1. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is an index of nursing and allied health journals.

Statista is available through February 28. It provides access to data, reports, and infographics related to e-commerce, social media, transportation, consumer markets, companies, trends, and more.

CB Insights is a venture capital database focusing on technology and business market intelligence and trends. Users may sign up for an individual trial to CB Insights. We welcome feedback from anyone who tries it out.

Please note: Limited on-campus access to these resources are provided by the vendors for the purpose of evaluating their usefulness and potential value to the SU community. Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.

Potential Additions to the Principal Collections

Syracuse University Libraries welcomes feedback about the following resources for which we currently have trial access during February 2018. Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments, particularly about how a specific resource would support your research and/or the curriculum of your school or college. Send feedback to the collections team at colls@syr.edu. Please be aware that we are exploring these resources for future consideration, and there is no guarantee that we will be able to subscribe, especially within a specific timeframe.

American Politics in the Early Cold War: Truman and Eisenhower Administrations, 1945-1961 is available from the ProQuest History Vault through February 23 and includes documents from the Eisenhower and Truman administrations, including White House files, Cabinet meeting minutes, as well as Eisenhower and Truman diaries and more.

American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate (1960-1975) is available from the ProQuest History Vault through February 23. It includes documents from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Aeronautics and Space Reports, 1958-1984; White House files on the citizen’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights documents, EPA records, FBI Files on the American Indian Movement and Wounded Knee, and more.

Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975 is available from the ProQuest History Vault through February 23. To explore, connect via the trial link and select International Relations and Military Conflicts. This resource includes items from the Records of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam, U.S Armed Forces in Vietnam, Records of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, and the Vietnam Documents and Research Notes Series.

Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army is available from the ProQuest History Vault through March 2. To explore, connect via trial link and select Southern Life, Slavery, and the Civil War. Includes Confederate Military Manuscripts from the Virginia Historical Society and records from the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Louisiana State University; the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; and the University of Virginia. The documents included range from administrative to personal.

American Jewish Newspapers is available from ProQuest through March 2. This resource provides page image access to American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger (1857-1922), Jewish Advocate (1905-1990), American Israelite (1854-2000), Jewish Exponent (1887-1990).

Religious Magazine Archive is available from ProQuest through March 2. It includes citations and articles from eight religious magazines from the 19th-21st centuries The titles are The Advent, America, American Theosophist, BR, Catholic World, Islamic Horizons, Plain Truth, and Quest.

You may view the complete list of trials available from ProQuest.

Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration & Cultural Exchange by Adam Matthew is available through March 1. This resource provides access to primary source manuscripts, maps, and visual resources covering  advertising, production, commerce and other topics in relation to key commodities such as chocolate, coffee, cotton, silver, timber, wheat, and more.

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers is available through March 2. It contains biographical information about key figures in history of thought and philosophy from Britain, Ireland, the Middle East and North America.

Music:)Ally is available through February 28. It provides access to news and analysis about the online music industry – technology, marketing, trends, and more.

China Comprehensive Gazetteers from East View is available through February 28. Produced in conjunction with the National Library of China, this database presents a vast collection of Chinese local gazetteers spanning eight centuries 1229-1949.

Please note: Limited on-campus access to these resources are provided by the vendors for the purpose of evaluating their usefulness and potential value to the SU community. Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.

Celebrating 140 Years of U.S. Government Publishing at Syracuse University Libraries

Syracuse University Libraries will celebrate 140 years of membership in the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with a program and exhibition in February. The FDLP ensures that the public has access to Federal documents in participating libraries across the country.

The 140th anniversary celebration will take place in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library, on February 7, 2018 from 1–2:30 p.m. Jim Bradley, interim director of the GPO, will give the keynote presentation.

“Syracuse University Libraries are proud to serve as a Federal depository library,” said Dean of Libraries and University Librarian David Seaman. “The ability to offer our patrons and the community unfettered access to these vitally important government documents is a responsibility that we take seriously. We are honored to be celebrating 140 years with the FDLP and in partnership with GPO.”

An accompanying exhibit on fourth floor of Bird Library will highlight the wide variety of materials the Libraries have received as a member of the FDLP since the University’s early years. Documents selected for display represent all three branches of government and showcase the variety of formats and subject matter of these documents.

An exhibit in the Learning Commons on the first floor of Bird Library will focus on SU Libraries Depository Property Stamps – 140 years of Federal Depository Participation. The exhibit will highlight how the Libraries have marked and identified federal documents from 1878 to the present day. The variety of styles and markings illustrates the amount of detail and effort required to process these items.

If you need an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact John Olson at jaolson@syr.edu by February 1.