Information for Researchers

Western Canada’s largest collection of Holocaust-related artefacts, survivor testimonies, archival materials and publications is accessible to researchers visiting the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

The VHEC Collections database advances the field of Holocaust studies by providing access to an incomparable repository of evidence that documents the lives and fate of victims, survivors, rescuers, liberators and others.

Online finding aidsresearch guides and catalogue records are useful tools in preparation for your research visit. Researchers wishing to access items in the Museum, Archives and Testimony collections in person are encouraged to make an appointment. No appointment is necessary to browse the Library or to see the current exhibition.

The VHEC welcomes researchers during the Centre’s operating hours.

Contact us with questions and to make an appointment by phoning 604-264-0499 or through our online contact form.

More information is available in our collections database.

Research Guidelines

Photo identification must be presented and registration is required prior to accessing materials in the Archives, Museum and Holocaust Testimony collections. No food, drink, pens or indelible pencils are permitted when accessing collections materials. Researchers may be required to wear non-latex or cotton gloves when handling artefacts or fragile documents. Paper and pencils are available on site. Researchers wishing to use digital cameras (or camera equipped mobile phones) are asked to consult the collections staff on duty prior to use. Digital copies of materials may be available. Collections staff will be available to answer research questions and to help users navigate the VHEC’s cross-collection database.