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Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 114

Scope and Contents

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference (GLHRC) records (1945-2013; 11 cubic feet) document the organization of the annual GLHRC conference. The records provide information regarding the selection of speakers, publicity, conference programs, speaker lectures, and discussions. The records also include information on issues of ethnicity, race, and social justice that fall within the scope of the conference’s focus. Types of materials include: correspondence, news clippings, programs, posters, VHS videos, DVDs, cassette audiotapes, broadsides, books, photographs, and pamphlets. The Records are organized into six series.


  • 1945 - 2016


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

© 2012 Purdue University Libraries. Some copyright restrictions may apply.

Historical Information

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance committee organizes and plans the annual Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference (GLHRC), which has traditionally been held in late March or early April. In 2011, the conference date was moved to November. The conference has been held in various places around West Lafayette, including Purdue University and the Hillel Foundation (, from as early as 1982. It has lasted from one to seven days, and various events such as lectures, workshops, discussion sessions, film screenings, and luncheons comprise the conference. Each conference has a different theme that is related to the Holocaust; most reference the Holocaust explicitly. Relevant issues of contemporary interest are also selected as topics of sessions. In 2007 several sessions were dedicated to examining the Darfur conflict. Speakers who lecture or lead discussions come from a variety of backgrounds, including local residents to international academics. Several speakers have been Holocaust survivors. In recent years, the conference has offered a special session for educators as well.  Although sponsored by the GLHRC, the conference is also supported by cooperation with many area organizations, religious groups, and university departments ( Note written by Michael Maune

Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee. GLHRC. Web. 22 June 2012.


8.5 Cubic Feet (Collection is housed in 13 manuscript boxes, 3 cubic foot boxes, one shoe box, and flat box. Some folders are located in communal boxes.)

0.044 Gigabytes : 4 digital files (2 image files, 2 audio files)


  1. Correspondence, Publicity, and Miscellaneous Papers, 1980s - 2016. The series documents organization, correspondence, and publicity regarding the GLHRC. Much of the correspondence is addressed to Rabbi Gedalyah Engel, former director of the Hillel Foundation at Purdue. The series also includes news clippings featuring stories about then-current events and topics relevant to the social justice focus of the conference, such as the North Newton School controversy, the Crawfordsville KKK rally, and the conflict in Bosnia. A notable set of items includes correspondence with Senator Richard Lugar and a letter to President Bill Clinton regarding the conflict in Bosnia. Other items include several binders of committee meeting materials and unused broadsides with registration forms. Original order of materials has been maintained.
  2. Audiovisual Media, 1989 - 2016. This series documents lectures and discussions that occurred during the GLHRC. Items included are documentaries from various organizations about topics relevant to the GLHRC. It also contains one audio cassette tape from the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.
  3. Photographs, Negatives, and Pictorial Material, 1945 - 2000s. This series documents the participants and speakers of the GLHRC conferences. Notable items include “Shorty” Lowell Owenberg’s photographs from Auschwitz at the end of World War II. It also contains a postcard with correspondence from Joe Krause to Rabbi & Marilyn Engel. Original order of the collection is maintained.
  4. Posters and other Oversized Materials, 1982 - 2016. This series documents themes, dates, programs, and publicity for multiple GLHRCs. It includes large, medium and small posters, some of which are folded and sealed. Also includes signed and sealed copies of West Lafayette and Lafayette Mayors Proclamations for Week of Remembrance. Every year in the span is represented.
  5. Artifacts, 2000. This series includes a plaque gift from the Latino Coalition to the Holocaust Survivors Committee.
  6. Books, 1959 - 2005. This series documents in book form the personal and general history of the Holocaust from the perspectives of survivors and historians. It includes volumes by participants and speakers from the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference. Reviews and book flyers are also featured, but have been separated from the books they were originally associated with for preservation purposes.

Technical Access

Some digital and audiovisual items in this collection are not processed and are not available for immediate access. Please contact an archivst for more information.

Physical Access

Some digital files in Series 2 are available on-site in the Archives and Special Collections reading room. Please request access prior to your visit.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Susan Prohofsky.

Accruals and Additions

Additions donated by Julie Peretin on December 6, 2011; Susan Prohofsky on June 12, 2013; Amber Nickell on October 10, 2016 and May 30, 2017; and Sarah Powley on May 3, 2016.

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.  All photographs have been housed in polyester sleeves. All newsprint has been preserved in acid-free inserts or between sheets of acid-free paper. Oversized posters, broadsides, and other printed material have been separated and grouped into individual series for preservation purposes.
Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference records
Michael Maune and Jennifer Sdunzik
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2012-07-12.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States