Yale's Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies contains over 4,500 digitized interviews from those with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants, and liberators. Testimonies are recorded in whatever language the witness prefers, and range in length from one-half hour to over 40 hours. For more information about its history and contents, see the Fortunoff Archive website.
NOTE: Information below may be out of date. As of April 2019, you can also view Fortunoff videos on the new platform. However, you must still create an account and be physically on site at Yale, UIC, or another partner site in order to view the entire collection. Visitors to UIC can use the visitor research computers on the 2nd floor of Daley Library or use your own device connected to UIC guest wifi (limited to 5 guest passes per semester).
Digital videos from the Fortunoff Archive can only be viewed at Yale or at registered partner locations, including UIC’s Special Collections at Daley Library. Anyone wishing to view them must first create an account with Yale, request a specific video, and then make an appointment with UIC Special Collections to come in and view. You do not have to be affiliated with UIC to take advantage of UIC's status as a partner site. These steps outline the process you will need to follow:
2. In order to limit to videos in the collection, search for “hvt” (for Holocaust Video Testimony), and add additional words in order to further narrow your search. See How to Search for Videos in this guide for additional tips, in addition to the advice offered by Yale about how to search their library catalog.
3. Once you’ve located a video, click to view the detailed record and click on "Request for Use in Manuscripts and Archives."
4. Create an account (under "Visitors and Hospital/Non-NetID") and submit your request. Please allow 72 hours for your request to be approved. (If you don't receive a prompt response, check your email’s spam folder or log in to your Yale account to check the item’s status.)
5. After you receive an email confirmation from Yale, make an appointment with UIC’s Special Collections (located on the 3rd floor of Daley library) to view the video on the dedicated computer. (Where the appointment form asks where you’d like to meet, select “Chicago-Daley: Special collections, university archives, maps, GIS”. In the notes, please indicate that you are coming to use the Fortunoff computer)
6. When it's time for your appointment, go to Special Collections on the south end of the 3rd floor of Daley Library and check in at the desk.
Since you will be visiting Special Collections, you’ll have to follow a few simple rules.
The first time you visit, you must fill out a Research Registration form. Photo ID required.
Food or drink is not permitted inside the reading room.
Coats and bags are not permitted inside the reading room. Ask at the front desk for a locker. Only bring in material you need to complete your research. Laptops, notebooks, and digital cameras are permitted.
Please use only pencil when taking notes (the Reading Room staff can provide pencils).
Downloading or copying the videos is not permitted.