The Boniuk Library houses the collections of Holocaust Museum Houston. The collections are divided into three separate areas: the circulating library, the archives and the Oral History Project.
All of these collections complement each other to give as complete a picture of the Holocaust and the perpetrators, survivors and victims of the Nazi regime. The library, with more than 5,000 volumes, is separated into its own distinct units. These include a reference section, rare books collection, juvenile literature and an audiovisual collection, as well as the general collections of fiction and non-fiction. While the library is mostly non-circulating, anyone may visit or use the library’s resources in-house for research and general education.
The archival collections at Holocaust Museum Houston offer great opportunities for research and display. Items on display in the permanent exhibit, Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers, are from the archives, as are many items in other changing exhibitions in the Museum. The collections range from manuscripts and emigration documentation to clothing and photographs. One of the largest collections in the archives is that of Charlton E. Meyer, Jr., and Gloria B. Meyer, which contains the largest amount of ghetto and concentration camp-issued money in the world.
Together with other collections from survivors and private collectors, the archives is a resource for anyone who desires to view actual documents from and about the Holocaust.
The archival collections are not loaned out but can be used on site by appointment with the archivist.
Oral History Project
The Oral History Project is a part of one of the most important missions of the Museum. Consisting of almost 300 oral testimonies, these histories are stored on VHS tapes with paper transcripts.
The testimonies were used in creating Voices and Voices II, the films shown in the Museum's Herzstein Theater. These films use clips of multiple testimonies to teach and enlighten visitors to the loss and strength of the people victimized in the Holocaust. These testimonies are available for viewing in the library when the archivist is available.
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