Comprised of over 90,000 assets, the archival holdings of the Blavatnik Archive represent a multi-dimensional collection of early twentieth century postcards, letters, photographs, documents, posters, drawings, periodicals and other ephemera. With extensive holdings relating to WWI and WWII, there is also a strong collection of Judaica themed material.
In 2014, the Blavatnik Archive acquired over 75,000 archival items. Including postcards, photographs and other ephemera, the acquisitions are highlighted by an incredible representation of three featured themes: WWI, the Rise and Fall of the Nazi Party, and WWII. Produced and disseminated on a massive scale, the postcards are multi-faceted historical documents, encapsulating official policy and propaganda as well as personal communications. Without the constrictions of envelopes, the postcards were sent “openly” in public and reflect conscious individual choices in themes such as patriotism, nationalism and anti-Semitism.
A treasure trove of visually-rich and historically-invaluable material, the entire ephemera collection is undergoing digitization and cataloging, to ensure its long-term preservation and accessibility.
Over 1,200 hours of HD video oral testimonies, along with 11,000 native digital ephemera assets comprise the Blavatnik Archive Veteran Oral History Project, preserving the history of Russian Jewish soldiers of the Red Army of WWII. Contents of the oral history project are in a process of translation and indexing, to ensure these invaluable primary resources are made available for research and public education.