The Collection

The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

Using this archive

You can view all the materials currently included in the archive using the browser below. Each object has been described and cataloged to help you discover materials, learn about these materials, understand the context in which these materials were created, and draw connections between different materials. You can refine the browsing experience using various filters, including creator, type, and subject. Some of these filters have already been used to create preset galleries, each organized around specific aspects of the archive. You can also look for specific words and phrase found in the archive using a keyword search.


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Meanings of October 27th is an oral history project created in response to the October 27 attack. It explores the lives of more than 100 people from communities across Western Pennsylvania—both Jewish and non-Jewish—and captures their reflections on October 27, 2018 and its aftermath. In each interview, narrators share their life histories and reckon with a violent antisemitic attack in their midst. These recordings reveal the personal impacts of an international event and chronicle the rewards and challenges of building bonds between diverse communities.

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Tim Crosson oral history
Rosalind Chow portrait.jpg
Zack Block portrait.jpg
Victoria Butch portrait.jpg
Tracy Baton portrait.jpg