The VHEC's collections website provides tools for researchers to engage in multifaceted ways with the history of the Holocaust.

The User Guide has tips for searching and browsing each collection and using other features of the site, including Lightbox, Finding Aids and Research Guides. 

For additional guidance on how to navigate the online collections, please contact 604-264-0499 or

Browse All enables users to browse records from all four collecting areas: archives, library, museum and Holocaust testimony. The results may be filtered according to attributes common to all four collections. Records are organized to facilitate browsing by resource type, which groups resources by form and/or physical characteristics, and by primary source materials.

All collecting areas can be searched simultaneously or each collection can be searched separately for more in-depth results. More information about advanced searching is found in the User Guide

Finding Aids
Finding aids allow you to navigate the VHEC’s archival fonds and collections. This page lists finding aids alphabetically by title and includes a summary of the scope and contents of a collection. Finding aids can be explored by clicking on a title to view the full archival record, which includes expandable hierarchical levels for the series, files or items contained within a fonds, as well as an option to download the finding aid as a PDF. 

Research Guides 
Research guides are an introduction to a particular topic or theme. They list primary and secondary sources from the archives, library, museum and testimony collections as well as recommended resources from other organizations related to that theme or topic. They are not an exhaustive list of the VHEC's holdings. Further independent research is recommended and encouraged. Each research guide is available as a PDF. 

Using the Collections
For more information about each collection:
Planning a Research Visit
For more information about how to Plan a Research Visit.

Use and Licensing
For more information about the Use and Licensing of collections materials.