In 1979, a grassroots organization, the Holocaust Survivors Film Project, began videotaping Holocaust survivors and witnesses in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1981, the original collection of testimonies was donated to Yale University. The Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, part of the Yale University Library, opened its doors to the public the following year (for a more detailed history of the collection see A Yale University and New Haven Community Project: From Local to Global). Since then, the Fortunoff Archive has worked to record, collect, and preserve Holocaust witness testimonies, and to make its collection available to researchers, educators, and the general public.
In May 2020, The Cooper Union Library became an Fortunoff access site. The archive is listed on the Library's A-Z list of databases and available to Cooper Union students and faculty with a current barcode. If you are an outside researcher needing access to the Fortunoff Archive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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