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Role of Archival Partnerships in Documenting Past and Present

  • January 26, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar


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Role of Archival Partnerships in Documenting Past and Present

Thursday, January 26, 2023

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

Webinar Description:

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. 


Yedida Kanfer is the Director of Programming at the JFCS Holocaust Center, Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and genocide. At the Holocaust Center, Yedida manages the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives, whose holdings include over 13,000 books, 2,000 oral history testimonies, and other collections related to the families of Holocaust survivors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yedida received her PhD in East European and Jewish history from Yale University. She has been teaching at the JFCS Holocaust Center since 2013, and she loves to share her passion for history and social responsibility with teens, adults, and the larger community.

Sandra Aguilar oversees metadata, indexing, and institutional archiving at USC Shoah Foundation. Prior to the joining the Institute in 2014, Sandra worked as Director of Archives for USC School of Cinematic Arts' Warner Bros. and Moving Image Archives. Previously she worked as Media Librarian in the visual effects industry at Industrial Light & Magic. She received an M.L.I.S. from the UCLA and a B.A. in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She is a digital museum consultant for the Visual Effects Society.

Registration is open until January 25. Online payment is required.

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