Date Approved

5-7-2003

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

Holocaust memorials--United States; Museums and schools; Social sciences--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

There are almost three hundred Holocaust museums/centers in the United States whose precise function is unclear. This study of 131 participants was concerned with what materials/resources were in their collection and what educational programs were offered. The electronic mail survey also asked: Who is able to use their collection? Who uses it most frequently? Where do they get funding? What is their main objective: preserve history or educate the public? The results showed that United States Holocaust museums/centers see themselves as responsible for education and furthering public understanding of the Holocaust. There are different angles future research about the relationship between libraries and museums/centers could take. While the Holocaust may be in the past, this study has shown that U. S. Holocaust museums/centers are destined to keep the memory of its victims alive and to continually educate the public, keeping it current history instead.

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