Role of Archival Partnerships in Documenting Past and Present
Thursday, January 26, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)
What are the responsibilities of archivists in documenting the past and present?
Over the past ten years, the USC Shoah Foundation and the JFCS Holocaust Center have been working together to collect and contextualize stories of antisemitism, or hatred against Jews. The JFCS Holocaust Center has a collection of 2,000 oral histories, the interviewees primarily Holocaust survivors living in the Bay Area. The USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (VHA) includes over 55,000 video testimonies, one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world. Beginning in 2013, the JFCS Holocaust Center's collection was digitized, indexed, and integrated into the USC Shoah Foundation’s larger VHA.
This webinar will investigate the relationship between past and present and the role of archivists in curating collections of stories. It will situate both antisemitism and efforts to collect oral histories within their historical context. It will then detail the process by which the USC Shoah Foundation incorporates smaller collections into the VHA while maintaining their individual character. In giving voice to both survivors and the collections themselves, the USC Shoah Foundation models what it looks like to confront hatred, doing together what could not be done alone.
The cost is $10 for SCA members; $5 for student members; $20 for non-members; and $5 for unemployed or precariously employed individuals.
Registration is open until January 25. Online payment is required.