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Visual History Archive (SHOAH)


The Visual History Archive (VHA) is a fully streaming video collection of primary source testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide, including the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Armenian Genocide (1915-23), Cambodian Genocide of 1975-1979, European Holocaust (1939-45), Guatemalan Genocide (1978-96), and the Nanjing Massacre (1937), the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic and contemporary acts of violence against Jews.  The largest digital collection of its kind in the world,  the VHA is an unedited, personal narrative of life before, during, and after the interviewee’s experience with genocide.

The Visual History Archive is a fully streaming primary source that includes:

  • More than 54,400 video testimonies at an average of two hours each
  • Roughly 116,000 hours of film (equal to 13 years’ continuous streaming content)
  • Over 900 German transcripts and almost 1000 English transcripts.
  • Almost 65,000 index terms in English, applied at the one-minute segment
  • Over 719,000 images (photographs, documents, works of art, artifacts from war, etc.)
  • Filmed in 63 countries
  • Testimonies given in over 40 languages
  • 1.9 million names of family members and prominent figures
  • Roughly 49,000 locations referenced
  • 2,500 recitations of literary works (poems, letters, diaries)
  • Over 2,100 musical recitals
  • 2,300 interviewers
  • 1,000 videographers


URL:  vha.usc.edu
Connect:  This is currently on the USCSF platform and migration to the ProQuest platform has been delayed. 
Platform:  USCSF (ProQuest partnership)
Access Notes:  IP authenticated. 
Lead Consortium:  Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)
Chronological Coverage:  covers genocides 1916-1996
Content Types:  FullText
Vendor:  ProQuest
Vendor URL:  https://proquest.libguides.com/visualhistoryarchive
Technical Support:  ProQuest Support
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