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For any questions about human rights library resources at UConn please contact Curator of Human Rights Collections: Graham Stinnett


Graham Stinnett
Curator of Human Rights Collections and Alternative Press Collections, Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut.Stinnett holds a Master’s degree in Archival Studies from the University of Manitoba, where he also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American History.  Stinnett’s graduate work focused on human rights non-governmental organizations and their importance to archives and the role of archivist as activist.  He has published in the Progressive Librarian (Issue no. 32, Winter 2009) on the subject.Stinnett served an internship in the Archives at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he assisted in preparing proposals to create a documentation center for a human rights non-governmental organization in San Salvador. After completing his Master’s degree, he worked in Archives & Special Collections at the University of Manitoba as the lead in the Manitoba Gay and Lesbian Archives collection project and Archives consultant for the LGBTTQ Oral History Initiative which will support future research.  He also served as the Archivist for the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club in British Columbia.Graham.Stinnett@lib.uconn.edu

Human Rights Resources

The Human Rights Research Guide provides information about how to find human rights books, journals, articles, databases, films, and archival collections at UConn.

Introduction to Human Rights Archival Collections

This guide is designed for human rights classes and anyone interested in learning more about human rights primary sources at the Dodd Center.

Human Rights Library and Archival Research Blog

This blog is managed by the Curator of Human Rights Collections at the University of Connecticut.

Human Rights Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

The Human Rights Collections at in the Archives and Special Collections at the University Libraries developed in conjunction with the opening of the Dodd Center in 1995.  Significant human rights collections at the Dodd Center include the Thomas J. Dodd Papers, which document his work as Chief Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials, as well as oral histories and documentation gathered in partnership with the African National Congress in South Africa. Other important human rights collections include the records and library of Human Rights Internet, the records of the Coalition for International Justice, and the Refugee Case Files of the International Rescue Committee. Photographic collections, such as the Impact Visuals Photograph Collection, the Romano Human Rights Digital Photograph Collection, and the Clift Human Rights Photography Collection document international human rights violations and struggles for social justice.  The Dodd Center also holds transcripts of interviews conducted by the Center for Oral History at the University of Connecticut, including interviews with Holocaust survivors in the Connecticut region and with American participants at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials.

Additional human rights materials can be found in the Alternative Press Collection, which contains thousands of national and international newspapers, serials, books, pamphlets, ephemera and artifacts documenting activist themes and organizations, spanning from the 1800s to the present.

Contact the curator, Graham.Stinnett@lib.uconn.edu for further information about these and other library and archival resources.

The Dodd Research Center collects:

  • The records of human rights organizations based in the United States
  • The papers of American participants in international tribunals
  • Human rights photojournalism collections, including photography and the personal papers of human rights photographers and photojournalists
  • Materials which document economic rights issues
  • Personal papers of refugees in Connecticut and New England
  • Human rights artists books, particularly artists’ responses to terrorism, war, and genocide

Human Rights Collections at the Dodd Center include:

  • African National Congress Collection (a small collection of memorabilia collected as part of the UConn ANC Partnership in 1999)
  • African National Congress Oral History Transcripts Collection (133 transcripts of oral history interviews with leading anti-apartheid activists conducted between 2000 and 2006)
  • Alternative Press Collection (independent and counter-culture newspapers and publications from activist movements for social, cultural, and political change. The collection contains thousands of newspapers, serials, books, pamphlets, ephemera and artifacts documenting activist themes and organizations)
  • Center for Oral History Interviews Collection (includes interviews with Holocaust survivors in the Connecticut Region conducted in 1980-1981, as well as “Witnesses To Nuremberg, An Oral History Of American Participants At The War Crimes Trials”)
  • Coalition for International Justice (CIJ) Records (records of the Coalition for International Justice (CIJ), which investigating human rights violations in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Sudan, East Timor, and Sierra Leone. The collection also contains documentation from a 2004 survey of over 1200 refugees from Darfur along the border of Chad and Sudan)
  • De Tour (Irena Urdang) Collection of Holocaust Materials (collection contains personal materials pertaining to her experiences as well as publications, newsletters, invitations and other documents from Holocaust survivor and support organizations in the United States collected by Mrs. DeTour)
  • Dodd (Thomas J.) Papers (include materials from the Nuremberg war crimes trial before the International Military Tribunal from 1945-46)
  • Farrow (Mia) Collection ( collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, digital photographs, video footage, writings, and speeches pertaining to Ms. Farrow’s activism and advocacy in Africa, particularly regarding Darfur, Sudan)
  • Ho (Fred) Papers (accounts of Asian American culture and experience in the United States)
  • Impact Visuals Photographic Collection (photographs and slides which document the anti-apartheid movement and 1994 democratic elections in South Africa)
  • Laurie S. Wiseberg and Harry Scoble Human Rights Internet Collection (the publications library of Human Rights Internet, a Canadian NGO which collected human rights publications from around the world, including materials which are not found in any other libraries in North America)
  • Malka Penn Collection of Children’s Books on Human Rights (over 180 children’s books and young adult literature dealing with a variety of human rights themes including slavery, the Holocaust, war, and discrimination)
  • Mikhailov (Georgi) Collection (photographs and articles regarding Mikhailov’s experiences in Soviet Labor camps in Northeast Siberia from 1980-1983)
  • North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) Archive (over 100 linear feet of materials including holdings on human rights, politics, and socio-economic conditions in Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, and other parts of Central America)
  • Reeves (Eric) Papers (collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, writings, speeches, regarding Eric Reeves advocacy, research and analysis of the humanitarian crisis and genocide in Sudan and Darfur from 1999 onward. The collection also contains documents regarding the court case, Presbyterian Church of Sudan et al. vs. Talisman Energy Inc, Sudan)
  • Refugee Case Files of the International Rescue Committee (records of the New Jersey office of the International Rescue Committee– some materials in the collection are restricted)
  • Romano Human Rights Digital Photograph Collection (Collection of the late noted photographer Robin Romano’s gripping images of child labor from around the world. 218 images are available online through UConn’s Digital Mosaic)
  • Tambo (Oliver) Papers (microfilm copies of the papers of anti-apartheid activist, Oliver Tambo; original documents are located at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa)
  • Xuma (A.B.) Papers (microfilm copies of the papers of anti-apartheid activist, A.B. Xuma; original documents are located at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa)

For more information about the human rights archival collections, please visit the Dodd Center’s website.

Additional Human Rights Resources at UConn:

UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights: UNESCO Chair

UConn-ANC Partnership: UCONN-ANC