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Jewish Studies


Location and hours

We recommend the Askwith Media Library, located on the 2nd floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as the best location to view Visual History Archive testimonies. Access to the archive is also available to visitors at any UM Library. Hours at each library may vary. Please check the hours of the library you intend to visit here

Requesting Testimonies

Visual History Archive testimonies usually take less than an hour to transfer from the server at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, though on occassion they do take longer. If you are requesting multiple testimonies, these will transfer in the order requested. If you have limited time for your viewing or have several known testimonies to view, please contact for help with requesting testimonies in advance of your visit.

Viewing Testimonies

Plan ample time for viewing testimonies. Testimonies range in length from 2-4 hours on average, though you can move to individual sections within the testimonies as needed. 

Getting Started 

See the Getting Started tab in this guide for detailed instructions on searching and viewing testimonies.

Copies of testimonies

The archive does not allow for coping snippets or downloading complete testimonies. If you need a copy of a specific testimony, USC Shoah Foundation Institute directly at

Jewish Studies

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Geoff Morse
Geoff Morse
Liaison for American Studies, History, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies
Interim Head, Research Services
Room 2624
2nd floor, east tower
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208-2300
phone: 847-467-1866

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