Human Rights Archives at UConn

Graham Stinnett handles an archival photo.

The Human Rights Collections within the UConn Library's Archives and Special Collections were developed in conjunction with the opening of The Dodd Center in 1995. The collection continues to grow as we archive:

  • Records of human rights organizations based in the United States
  • Papers of American participants in international tribunals
  • Human rights photojournalism collections, including photography and the personal papers of human rights photographers and photojournalists
  • Materials that 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

Our Collection Includes:

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 further information about these collections, and other library and archival resources, please contact our curator:

Graham Stinnett

Curator, Human Rights Collection and Alternative Press Collections