Archives and Reference Library

Since 1977, we have been collecting material that supports the mission of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, with primary emphasis on the Holocaust, genocide, antisemitism, and Jewish communities around the world.  Since the opening of the Museum of Tolerance in 1993, we have expanded to include tolerance, racism, multiculturalism, civil rights, and human rights.

The Archives

The Archives is a repository for primary source material, including over 13,000 photographs, thousands of documents, diaries, letters, artifacts and memorabilia, artwork, and rare books. Some of our archival items are on display in the Museum. You can also view some of our holding online using our Digital Archives.

Click here to search the Digital Archives and the library catalog

The Reference Library

The Reference Library has material for all ages and educational levels, in many languages.  In addition to books and periodicals, we also hold many other formats, including videos (VHS and DVD), audiocassettes and CDs, educational kits, visual materials (posters, slides, etc.), and microfilm.

Some of the resources you’ll find when you come into the Reference Library include:

• The reference collection (encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, etc.)
• Model library of Juvenile and Young Adult literature on themes supporting the mission of the Museum
• Genealogy resources
• Yizkor books (Holocaust memorial books)
• “Special Collections”: antisemitic and hate literature, Holocaust denial literature
• Reference assistance from professional staff, in person, by phone or via email


Please call 310-772-7605 in advance to schedule an appointment.


The Archives and Reference Library is located across the street from the Museum of Tolerance at 1399 South Roxbury Drive, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90035.

Jack Voorzanger Archival Internship (The application cycle for this internship has closed, please contact the Archives for other internship opportunities)

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), an international human rights organization and a center for Holocaust remembrance, is proud to announce the Jack Voorzanger Archival Internship for 2019. This internship will provide a special opportunity for a student interested in hands-on experience working with the SWC archival collection, focusing primarily on the Holocaust.

  • Internship Dates: January 2, 2019 - August 29, 2019
  • Hours: 10-12 hours per week
  • Stipend: $4500, paid in 4 installments
  • Academic credit: As determined by the student’s school

Deadline to apply is November 2, 2018.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Museum of Tolerance will be closed on September 2, 2019, for Labor Day.

The Museum is Closed Saturdays and Jewish Holidays. During the months of November - March, the MOT will close at 3:30pm on Fridays. Last entrance is 1:00pm.

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