Project information

Preservation of the Press Cutting Archive

To preserve for the future the Library's unique collection of press cuttings from English broadsheets, German national and local papers, and American, French and Austrian papers.

We estimate, at the current rate, to complete the project in four years.

Charity information: The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

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  • Need

    Need

    The Wiener Library’s press cutting archive on the Holocaust and related subjects is a unique collection of material, tracing the continuing integration of the events into the historical narrative, as well as developments in commemoration and memorialisation.

    The archive is a valuable source for scholars and researchers, and is heavily used, but the cuttings are very fragile. Consequently, we began microfilming the collection in 2005, but over half still remains and is deteriorating rapidly.

    Solution

    The Library has been microfilming its press cuttings in order to preserve them. Microfilming avoids the breach of copyright that would occur with digitisation, and provides long-term archival access using a reliable and stable technology.

    The project has been hugely successful, using committed volunteers to prepare the cuttings. There is still a large section of the archive to secure, and we hope to continue this project to microfilm the whole collection.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Microfilm the remaining section of the Press Cutting Archive to secure it for future use.

    Activities

    » Volunteers sort, fix and iron the press cuttings ready for microfilming, working through one subject at a time eg concentration camps or Neo-Nazism.
    » The prepared press cuttings will be sent to be filmed by a specialist company, and returned to the Library as stable and easily stored microfilms.

    Success will be the final microfilming of all press cuttings at the Wiener Library through the active involvement of committed volunteers.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Once microfilmed, the Library will be able to encourage much greater use of this valuable archive, advertising it to students and academics, as well as using it in exhibitions and educational materials.

    The project will also ensure the continuing involvement of our team of volunteers, keeping them actively involved in the Library's work and enabling new volunteers to join the project.

    Risk

    The Library has already been microfilming its press cuttings for 5 years, and the risks are now minimal. We have managed to ensure a stable group of volunteers, who we believe will remain with the project, and have identified places to appoint more if necessary. We have also built up a good relationship with our microfilming company.

    Reporting

    Donors will be kept informed about the project through the Wiener Library News and our e-Newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Microfilming The cost of microfilming the remaining archive.
  • Background

    Location

    All preparation of the press cuttings by our volunteers will take place at the Wiener Library where the archive is stored. The cuttings will then be taken offsite for microfilming, and returned to the Library for use in the Reading Room.

    Beneficiaries

    The preservation of the Library's press cuttings is of great value to all those interested in studying or learning about the Holocaust, its causes and legacies. It is of particular value to scholars early in their careers, exploring the connections and developments within the subject.

    The project also greatly benefits our volunteers, who have developed a close social circle around the project and meet weekly at the Library to work on preparing the cuttings.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Wiener Library is Britain's largest and most extensive archive on the Holocaust and Nazi era, and the collection of cuttings are the product of over 50 years of work by Library staff and volunteers. The Library now hopes to carry out this project to ensure the safety of the collection for the future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Kat Hubschmann

    Kat is our Senior Librarian and has been pioneering this project since it began in 2005. She has a detailed knowledge of the archive and the project.

    Volunteers

    Our team of volunteers who meet weekly at the Library make the project possible by preparing the cuttings for filming.