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Inventory of the Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah [Iraq Memory Foundation] records
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File-based videorecordings, videocassettes, optical discs, and transcripts, as well as brochures and legal and financial records relating to political conditions and human rights violations in Iraq under the Ba'th party regime. Includes digitized video testimony of survivors.
The Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah (Iraq Memory Foundation (IMF)) is a private nonprofit organization for documentation of Iraqi history under the Ba'th party regime. It was founded by Kanan Makiya in 1992 as the Iraq Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Makiya had just returned from a November 1991 trip to northern Iraq, where he viewed the archive of documents of the Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabଢ଼ al-Ishtirīkଢ଼ (Ba'th Arab Socialist Party of Iraq) that had been seized by Iraqi rebels. Makiya was accompanied by a BBC filmmaker who filmed his investigation of the Iraqi government's campaign of ethnic cleansing of Iraqi Kurds (the Anfal). The film, The Road to Hell, aired in January 1992 on BBC and then on PBS as a Frontline documentary under the title "Saddam's Killing Fields." Now president of the Iraq Memory Foundation, Makiya is the Sylvia Hassenfeld Professor of Modern Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He has written many books, including Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989).
7 manuscript boxes and 1513 digital video files (2.4 linear feet)
Quotations from this collection may be protected by copyright law. The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, does not hold copyright to any of the materials in the collection; it is the researcher's responsibility, when necessary, to obtain copyright permission. The Hoover Institution is not responsible for any misuse by researchers of quotations obtained from this collection.
The collection is open for research. While boxes 2-4 are closed, digital use copies of their contents are available. Boxes 5-7 closed until 2018 October 1. Use copies of most videorecordings in this collection are available for immediate access.