Archival Science

, Volume 14, Issue 3–4, pp 307–322

Toward a survivor-centered approach to records documenting human rights abuse: lessons from community archives

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10502-014-9220-6

Cite this article as:
Caswell, M. Arch Sci (2014) 14: 307. doi:10.1007/s10502-014-9220-6


This article proposes a theoretical framework for managing records documenting human rights abuse based on five key principles learned from community archives discourses: participation, shared stewardship, multiplicity, archival activism, and reflexivity. In shifting the focus of human rights archives to these core community-centric values, this paper proposes a survivor-centered approach to such records and argues that survivors should maintain control over the decision-making processes related to records documenting their abuse.


Human rights Community archives Stewardship Participation 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information StudiesUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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