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Visual History Archive from the Shoah Foundation Institute: Basic Search Tips

Guide to using the Visual History Archive from the Shoah Foundation Institute at the Northwestern University Library.

Quick Search

Simply enter terms of interest and click on the 'Next' button:

People Search

Enter all or part of a name and click on 'Search' button:

Biographical Search

Click one of the buttons to the left of a search category. This will take you to a screen where you can further refine your search:

Keyword search


  1. Click on '+' symbol to the left of the broad subject areas to focus on a more specific term:
  2. Click on '+' symbol to the left of subdivided subject category to further focus your search:
  3. Click on one of the narrowed topical keywords and then click on the 'Add' button to add the keyword to your search. Then click the 'Next' button :
  4. You will now see a list of results.

For more information

For more assistance with the Visual History Archive please contact the reference department at:
Phone: 847-491-7656