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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Project Director

Aliza Becker portrait

Aliza Becker is the Project Director of Meanings of October 27th. She worked for two decades as an educator and advocate for immigrant and refugee rights and wrote several books on naturalization education, including a best-selling textbook. In 2002 she became the founding director of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, a Jewish Middle East peace organization. In 2013, Aliza founded the American Jewish Peace Archive, an oral history project that documented 50 years of American Jewish Middle East peace activism. In 2019, she partnered with Noah Schoen to found the Meanings of October 27th oral history project.