TEI: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

For inclusion in the TEI Application Page

Form posted from TEI website on 2004-11-11
Historical MaterialsEnglish21 September 2007Chris Ruotolo Converted to TEI P5 11 Dec 2004

Stephen YearlCreated using newproj webform

  • Host: Yale University Library
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Description: The (VAHT) currently

holds over 4,300 videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and

witnesses that constitute over 10,000 recorded hours of videotape. The

Archive creates time-coded finding aids for all cataloged testimonies,

which enable patrons to locate specific segments of interest within a

given testimony. Finding aids are made available only at the Archive.

The three main goals of the program are to (1) standardize the Video

Archive’s finding aids, (2) implement a file format that can be easily

manipulated and will remain available over time, (3) develop new means of

access to our materials through a search engine and the integration of

digital video files. A prototype database has been developed to allow TEI

searching, but the result is redirected to the publicly available MARC


As of September 2004, two hundred files have been encoded using TEI, with

new files being added.

Implementation description: The Archive has begun retroactively encoding these finding aids using the

Text Encoding for Interchange (TEI), including additional information

provided by the Archive staff. The Archive has implemented an Open Office

template that will ensure that future finding aids remain consistent and

can be easily manipulated to create on-the-fly TEI-compliant XML files,

which can be used to output documents in a variety of formats. Structured

catalog information is added to the TEI files by merging with MARC data

derived from the university’s online catalog, ORBIS.


Stephen Yearl

Systems Archivist

Yale University LibraryTel: Fax: Email: fortunoff.archive@yale.edu