Answered By: Dana Clark
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017     Views: 10

Accessing the Visual History Archive

Supported browsers

  • Windows:

    • Internet Explorer 9+

    • Mozilla Firefox 25+

    • Google Chrome 12+

  • macOS:

    • ​Safari 5.1.1+

    • Mozilla Firefox 25+

    • Google Chrome 12+ 

For information about and a demonstration of the Visual History Archive, visit ProQuest

To access the Visual History Archive, navigate to using one of the supported browsers listed above. If it is your first time visiting the VHA, you will need to register an account.


After logging in or registering you will be brought to the VHA Search page. From here, there are two options for finding a testimony to view.

  1. The first option is entering a search term in the search bar and clicking the "Search" button next to the search bar. These results can be filtered to contain only testimonies from specific collections using the checkboxes on the left hand side of the page.
  2. The second option is clicking one of the "Search" buttons in the "advanced search options" group, which will bring you to other search pages that allow you to find testimonies based on the experiences described in the testimony, indexing terms defined by the USC Shoah Foundation, interviewee name, or the location that the testimony describes.


After completing your search you will be presented with a page containing relevant testimonies. On this page you can either click on the image of the interviewee or their name to view their testimony. Hovering over the image of the interviewee will present you with information about them.