Archival Science

, Volume 14, Issue 3–4, pp 307–322 | Cite as

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

  • Michelle Caswell
Original Paper


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 



The author would like to thank the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program which generously funded this research, as well as the participants of the symposium “The Antonym of Forgetting: Global Perspectives on Human Rights Archives,” where a draft of this paper was first presented at the University of California, Los Angeles on 19 October, 2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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