Archives + Special Collections
The Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College
The Archive houses one of the largest collections of audio-taped testimony in the U.S, including interviews with nearly 900 survivors, liberators, resistance force members, those in hiding, rescuers, and other witnesses to the persecution and extermination of the Nazi era, 1933-1945. Special groupings include the testimonies of "Kindertransport" children sheltered in England, the 1985 Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, the 1991 and 1999 Rickshaw Reunions of Shanghai Survivors, and the Vilna Ghetto Fighters. The Archive also documents Jewish cultural life in pre-Nazi Europe via unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, memorial books and survivor registers. Holocaust Oral History Archive is a special collection of the Tuttleman Library and a contributing organization to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Institute and to Yad Vashem.
To access our digitized audio files, click here.
The Rabbi Abraham Skorka Video Files
Since 2020 Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka honored Gratz by agreeing to serve as the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Gratz College. He has taught in the graduate program in Interfaith Leadership, led by Dr. Ruth Sandberg, Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights, and recorded various interviews for our collection. To access those video files, click here.
Schreiber Music Library
The Music Library has an extensive printed music, books, and audio recordings including LPs, cassette tapes and CDs. Printed music can be borrowed, or as determined by the Librarian, scans can be sent through Interlibrary Loan to researchers’ libraries. Please see our policy here. The Music Library also contains the Eric Mandell Collection of Jewish Music.
Bachman Rare Book Room
The Rare Book Room holds hundreds of rare and valuable books, newspapers, manuscripts, prayer books, Haggadot, and ephemera dating from the 15th century. Included in this room are other special collections that have been acquired though the years such as papers donated by faculty, administration, and other Gratz affiliates, including the papers of Arno Nadel and Lena Allen Shore.
TL partners with the following organizations to further access and scholarship in Holocaust studies. Please contact the Librarian for access to these resources.
Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. Gesher Galicia conducts educational research and publish a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer." Contact the Librarian for access to the journal.
The Fortunoff Archive at Yale University currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies comprising 12,000 recorded hours of videotape. The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has its roots in New Haven, Connecticut but its collection now spans the Americas, Europe, and Israel. For more than three decades its mission has stayed the same: to record and project the stories of those who were there.