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Inventory of the Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah [Iraq Memory Foundation] records
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • IMF Database User Guide
  • Arrangement
  • Database User Guide
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah [Iraq Memory Foundation] records
    Dates: 2003-2010
    Collection Number: 2010C3
    Creator: Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah
    Collection Size: 7 manuscript boxes and 1513 digital video files (2.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Arabic, Kurdish, English

    Administrative Information


    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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    For tangible items: [Identification of item], Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah [Iraq Memory Foundation] records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
    For file-based items: [Identification of item] (Electronic Record), [File name], [Series title], Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah [Iraq Memory Foundation] records, Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2009. An increment of videocassettes and optical discs was received in 2012, and an increment of administrative records was received in 2013.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī in Iraq [Ba'th Arab Socialist Party of Iraq], Hoover Institution Archives
    Kanan Makiya papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Historical Note

    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).
    In 1993 the IRDP developed a plan to preserve the Ba'thist documents Makiya had examined in Iraq. Over the next ten years the IRDP received and processed documents and transcribed Iraqi refugee interviews.
    After the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003, the IRDP relocated to Baghdad, where it registered as a Jam'iyah (society) in Iraq under the name Iraq Memory Foundation. It expanded its mission to include documenting all facets of the Iraqi experience under the regime of Saddam Hussein from 1968 to 2003. Also in 2003, the IMF acquired the Ba'th Regional Command collection from the basement of the Ba'th party headquarters in Baghdad.
    The IMF began its Oral History on Film Project, which records the testimonies of witnesses to Ba'th regime repression, in 2003. Documentary filmmaker Mustafa Al-Kadhimiy, who formerly headed the Department of Programs and Planning at al-Iraqiyya television, led the project. In 2005, al-Iraqiyya began broadcasting ten-minute excerpts from the testimonies during prime time and they quickly became one of Iraq's top-rated TV programs. The IMF went on to produce several seasons of a series called Legacy of Evil for Iraqi television. This weekly program consists of interviews with witnesses, Saddam-era video footage, and presentations of documents created by the regime. In total, the IMF has more than 1700 hours of footage, including videos created by the Ba'th regime (now allocated to the Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī in Iraq records at Hoover), oral histories, the Legacy of Evil archive, and Saddam Hussein trial videorecordings. The IMF claims the copyrights on all the oral history videos it produces (IMF Prospectus 2008, page 26, box 1).
    On September 21, 2005, IMF directors Kanan Makiya and Hassan Mneimneh testified before the human rights caucus of the U.S. Congress on the importance of the work of the IMF. The IMF also provided documents for use in the trial of Saddam Hussein.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of materials created by the Iraq Memory Foundation (IMF) since its inception in 1992. Ba'th Party records collected by the IMF comprise a separate collection, the Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī in Iraq records.

    IMF Database User Guide


    The collection is organized in five series, most of which were defined and named by the Iraq Memory Foundation: Printed matter, Videocassettes and optical discs, Video Documents Created by the Iraq Memory Foundation, Video Documents from Post 2003, and Administrative records.
    All materials except the printed matter and administrative records are described in the "Video Documents" section of the searchable database designed and populated by the Iraq Memory Foundation. This database was acquired with the collection and is available at the Hoover Institution.

    Database User Guide

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online public access catalog.
    Civil rights--Iraq.
    Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī (Iraq)