The entire Central Location Index (CLI) collection contains 1,200,000 index cards and 250,000 documents, and it has never been indexed before. The data generated during the challenge will be made available in the online archive of the Arolsen Archives as well as in the database of Yad Vashem.
The Central Location Index (CLI) was an umbrella organization based in New York that coordinated the search for missing relatives – Jewish and non-Jewish – between 1944 and 1949. Most of the organizations who joined together under this banner to concentrate their efforts were American, but some came from other parts of the world. Before very long, the new organization had become one of the leading tracing agencies for missing relatives.
For this indexing challenge, we are collecting basic information about the missing persons recorded on the cards: e.g. their name, date of birth, place of birth, or profession. The cards also show the last known whereabouts of the person concerned, the details of the person who filed the tracing request at the time, and information on where surviving relatives might be found.
Help us index 20,000 documents in 48 hours, between 12:00pm on Jan. 26 and 12:00pm on Jan. 28!