The Visual History Archive is USC Shoah Foundation’s online portal that allows users to search through and view more than 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Archive expanded in April of 2013 to include 64 testimonies from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and again in April 2014 to include 12 testimonies from the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China. All told, the testimonies have been conducted in 61 countries and 39 languages.

Note: most testimonies run about two hours, with the exception of Armenian massacre testimony recordings, which are shorter.

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Technical Update

Update July 2016
VHA is streamed on ProQuest software.

Access to all testimonies is available on the U of M campus:Visual History Archive
Full access to the over 53,000 testimonies in the Visual History Archive is provided to 55 subscribing institutions in 13 countries around the world, including the University of Minnesota.

Visual History Archive Online:
Any user with an Internet connection can access indexing data on the 53,000 interviewees, and can access 1,675 full-length video testimonies.

The free registration form for accessing the Visual History Archive Online can be found here:

Quick guide (pdf)
For topical searching you may consult our user guides in the left sidebar of this page.

The complete range of testimonies are accessible only from networked workstations on the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. If you aren't affiliated with the U of M, you may make arrangements to view testimonies on campus; in the Twin Cities, contact Wilson Library service desk 612 624-3321 to reserve a semi-private computer.

Also, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute provides access to a limited number of full length testimonies available to the general public.

For more information about the Visual History Archive, and for short testimony clips, click on the red logo to visit:

the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

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Page last revised July 22, 2016.

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