Human Rights Archives in the United States

Columbia University Libraries’ Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research

  • The Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research supports the community of teachers, students, researchers, and law and social justice advocates working in the multidisciplinary sphere of human rights. The Center pursues three programmatic directions:  building research collections, supporting and engaging in human rights education efforts, and the development of events and collaborations related to human rights documentation and research. The Center was established in 2005 and is based in the Columbia University Libraries and Information Services.

Duke University Libraries’ Human Rights Archive

  • The Human Rights Archive is part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  Its mission is to identify, collect, and provide access to materials generated by organizations and individuals working within and having significant impact on the field of human rights. The archive is a key component of Duke University’s commitment to social justice, social equality, and social responsibility.

University of Connecticut Archives & Special Collections, Human Rights Collection

  • The opening of the Dodd Center in 1995 and its focus on Senator Thomas J. Dodd’s work as Chief Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials began a focus on human rights. One result of this focus was the Center’s invitation to assist the African National Congress in arranging and describing the records it created during apartheid in South Africa. The project resulted in a gift of ANC books and pamphlets to the Center. Other important human rights collections added during the past decade include the records and library of Human Rights Internet, the Impact Visuals Photographic Collection and the Refugee Case Files of the International Rescue Committee.

University of Texas Libraries’ Human Rights Documentation Initiative

  • The UT Libraries’ Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world.


  • WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

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