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Holocaust & Genocide Studies - Primary Source Materials at USC: Home

This guide provides you with a list of primary sources held at USC in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


This Libguide was created to assist students and researchers of Holocaust and Genocide Studies with their research.

The USC Libraries hold rich and unique primary source materials in the subject field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, as well as in the related field of Exile Studies.

Under Primary Source Materials at USC you find a selection of our archival collections here at USC listed. Please remember that this is just a selection to get you started. There may be more collections available for your research and you may search for them on our finding aids page.

Check out our First Time User information if you have not worked with primary source collections at USC before.

We would also like you to know that the USC Libraries award the USC Libraries Research Award every year; an award that celebrates excellence in the use of primary sources.

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials that provide first hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation.  They are created by the individuals who witnessed or experienced the events or conditions being documented.  Generally, primary sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but can also be created later if based on first hand experiences.  This is what differentiates primary from secondary sources.  Primary sources are characterized by their content, not their format.  Primary sources can be any number of the following types of materials: diaries and correspondence; interviews, photographs and illustrations; newspaper articles from the time period; manuscripts; pamphlets, broadsides, and other ephemera; autobiographical materials; and oral histories.

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Created by Michaela Ullmann, Exile Studies Librarian at USC Libraries, Special Collections