The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of the USA, its government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential libraries, and online.
Role in the Project
NARAs holdings of military records –textual records as well as moving images –are of central importance to the VHH project. Relevant documents such as so-called caption sheets of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, memoirs but most importantly film footage that Allied cameramen shot during and shortly after the liberation of Nazi camps are being assessed and digitized. The films and their related material are assembled within the Visual History of the Holocaust Media Management and Search Infrastructure (VHH-MMSI) to exhibit and explore the film footage in its context(s) of production and reception. With its holdings, infrastructure, and expertise, NARA supports the curation and digitization of films and other relevant documents.