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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

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Lists of Entries: District of Columbia - Maryland - Virginia

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library

Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington, DC 20024-2150
Telephone Number: (202) 479-9717
Fax Number: (202) 479-9726
Contact Persons: Mark Ziomek, Director of the Library

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
Every day 10:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m., including Federal holidays
Christmas/Yom Kippur Closed
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: No

The Library has some restrictions on rare book photocopying.

Reference Policy:
The Library accepts limited telephone and mail reference questions.
Borrowing Privileges:
Not a lending institution
OCLC, FEDLINK, Association of Jewish Libraries, RLG.
Background Note:
The Holocaust Memorial Council was established in 1980. The Library was founded in 1989, and opened to the public in 1993.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
The Library has 25,000 volumes with inclusive dates from ca. 1920 to the present. Subject highlights of this collection include the Holocaust, Judaism, religious persecution, the Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, and a representative collection of anti-Semitic literature. Of special note are memorial books written after the war by survivors describing the history of this time and offering memorials to people and places destroyed during the Nazi persecution. Also of note is a collection of rare Holocaust literature containing first-hand accounts written five to ten years after the Holocaust by survivors.

This collection is covered by Endeavor's Voyager integrated library system. A link to the library catalog is available on the World Wide Web at

Periodicals and newspapers:
The Library has approximately 50 journal subscriptions which date from 1950 to the present. Most of these focus on the Holocaust.

The computer catalog covers these titles.

The Library has approximately 200 film and fiche titles with a subject emphasis on Judaism and the Holocaust. Jewish periodicals and newspapers, including the newspaper from the Warsaw Ghetto and underground newspapers printed during the occupation years are included in this collection.

Printed finding aids are available.

Subject Headings

Anti-Semitism; Catholic Church; Germany--Religion--1933-1945; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jehovah's Witnesses--Nazi persecution; Jewish art; Jewish literature; Jewish music; Jewish poetry; Jewish refugees; Jews--Persecutions; Jews--Social life and customs; Judaism; Religious persecution


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum [Online]. Available HTTP. URL Accessed February 1997.

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