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[Identification of item], International Monitor Institute Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The International Monitor Institute Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006, 2007, and 2011.
Processed by Mathew Archer, Ted Holt, Maria Perales, Clare Callahan and Patrick Stawski
Encoded by Mathew Archer, Ted Holt, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, Maria Perales, Clare Callahan and Patrick Stawski
Accessions 2006-0111, 2007-0070, and 2011-0051 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.
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The International Monitor Institute (IMI) was founded in 1993 by actress and film producer Pippa Scott. Scott, daughter of screenwriter Allan Scott who wrote some of the Astaire-Rogers films, was educated in California and in England, at Radcliffe College and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Ms. Scott acted in such films as
The International Monitor Institute was founded in 1993 and operated until 2003. Its primary mission was to assist international war-crimes tribunals by collecting, indexing and organizing visual evidence of violations of international human rights law. Videos and audiotapes were acquired through donation as well as on collecting trips by IMI associates in the former Yugoslavia, Kuwait, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, and other countries. IMI's activities also included developing regional archives of videos on conflict and human rights abuses, producing film and multimedia projects to assist humanitarian organizations, organizing public outreach events, conducting video research for governments, film makers, authors, and students, and providing educational outreach. Patrons and partners of IMI and its collections included the International Criminal Court and its staff, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the governments of Bosnia-Hercegovina and Croatia, and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
The International Monitor Institute Records span the dates 1986-2006, and primarily consist of audiovisual materials related to IMI’s documentation of contemporary conflicts and human rights violations around the world. Countries represented include: Burma (Myanmar), Bosnia and Hercegovina, Cambodia, Kuwait, Iraq, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Thailand. Includes master and use copies of approximately 6000 videocassettes and 100 audio tapes and audiocassettes. The video and audio material is indexed by an extensive database developed by IMI which includes keywords, air dates, segment producer, segment title, and in some cases, transcripts and stills from the video. There are also six boxes of photographs and slides taken in the same regions, depicting destruction in areas of conflict, forced labor, refugees and refugee camps, and protests. The majority of the photographs, almost all color snapshots, were taken on the Burma/Thai border, in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and refugee camps in Rwanda. One set of seven folders are images taken by staff of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children (now known as the Women's Refugee Commission). There are other images that come from United Nations organizations, including the International Refugee Commission. Finally, organizational records from the offices of IMI comprise a significant amount of the materail in this collection, including an extensive database of the audiovisual components and transcripts from war crimes tribunals.
Addition (2007-0070) (approx. 4000 items, 120 linear ft.; dated 1990-2002) contains master and use copies of videocassettes related to human rights violations around the world.
Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive.
These are searchable subject entries for this collection. Performing a search on these subjects in the Duke University Libraries online catalog will bring up other related research materials.
The collection came with an extensive reference library consisting mostly of books and monographs providing historical background to human rights conflicts documented in the collection. Books and monographs published by human rights organizations are individually cataloged in Rubenstein Library. The rest of the collection was integrated into Perkins circulating collection and can be searched by the subject heading
Series contains groupings of images taken in areas of conflict around the world which form visual evidence gathered by the United Nations' Human Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). Material includes color photos and slides showing fires burning or villages destroyed and injuries of Burmese refugees, taken in Burma or Thailand by human rights worker Kevin Heppner, founder of Karen Human Rights Group; photos and slides taken in Burma, or on the Thailand/Burma border in refugee camps acquired or made for IMI and gathered or taken by filmmaker, Jeanne Hallacy, who spent time in Bangkok; stills from Mikel Flamm, a professional photographer/journalist; photos and hi-8 video of the refugee camps on the Thailand/Burma border taken by members of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, including IMI founder Pippa Scott, when they visited the camps; and images of refugee camps and refugees chiefly in Rwanda and other countries in Africa, but also in Sri Lanka and Turkey.
Other images contain scenes of mass demonstrations for peace, possibly in Thailand; forced labor in Thailand; ruined cities in Sarajevo and photos of residents and mass burial sites; elections and voting scenes, possibly from Burma or Thailand; burning oil fields in Kuwait; and other scenarios in countries such as China, Rwanda, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Pakistan. Many of these photographs can be assumed to have been taken in secret and smuggled out of the country of origin.
Photographs and slides, along with a few negatives, are arranged by country name, with unidentified images at the end of the sequence. Slides are indicated - the rest are photographs. Most are undated but can be estimated at being from the 1990s to 2000. Also included and filed as found with the images are small amounts of related materials such as newsletters, publicity, and correspondence. There are also a few oversize items at the end of the series.
Publicity packet of 22 cards with graphics, text, and credits, each one representing a short documentary film about Sarajevo.
The Organizational Records series was processed in 2012-2013. The content of the following boxes were reconciled into the Organizational Records series and the boxes deleted: 396-399, 403-405
Series contains documents and records produced and maintained by IMI related to the monitoring of international human rights abuses in the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and other regions, with a bulk of material documenting the genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. The series focuses on IMI's searches, solicitation, and acquisition of audiovisual material from various news outlets and production companies, as well as from independent organizations and individuals. The series also has numerous transcripts from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and transcripts of the Radio-Télévision Libres des Milles Collines broadcasts inciting genocide in Rwanda. Other legal files include court transcripts, including victims' testimonies and information regarding the prosecution of war criminals, and legal agreements with various production companies and organizations regarding acquisition of tapes, including information on Linden Productions. Series also contains numerous reports from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children on human rights abuses taking place in various regions. Organizational records include broadcast logs regarding the status of human rights abuses, particularly in the Balkans, Rwanda, and the Middle East. Other organizational files, such as archival summaries and pamphlets, project proposals, travel itineraries regarding conferences and tape acquisitions, newspaper articles, tape search logs and tape annotations and synopses, correspondence, and information on documentary projects and scripts and other artistic representations of human rights abuses and genocide make up the remainder of the collection.
Subseries contains documents and records produced and maintained by IMI related to the monitoring of the genocide in the former Yugoslavia. The series focuses on IMI's searches, solicitation, and acquisition of audiovisual material from various news outlets and production companies, such as the BBC, as well as from independent organizations and individuals. The series also has numerous transcripts from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Files include various legal documents and court transcripts, including victims' testimonies and information regarding the prosecution and indictment of Bosnian Serb leaders and generals, such as Slobodan Milesovic, Radovan Karadzic and Rako Mladic, among others. Internal organizational files include correspondence regarding solicitations of material, funding, and IMI's participation in the ICTY, including cooperation with De Paul University College of Law and Professor Cherif Bassiouni; Balkan archive summaries and pamphlets; legal agreements with various production companies and organizations regarding acquisition of tapes; and travel itineraries regarding the same. Many files deal with artistic and documentary representations of the genocide, interviews with Bosnian Serb leaders, and the peace process. Other files include newspaper articles, tape search logs, various printed material, correspondence, publicity material, subject and project files. Additional correspondence can be found under "people" records.
This subseries contains material on human rights abuses in Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, East Timor/Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The bulk of material is from the Burma and Cambodia archives. Records include correspondence regarding funding and other support for the archives, conference materials and conference travel itineraries, numerous reports from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on various human rights conflicts in the Asia Pacific region as well as a number of reports and other materials from the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. Other records and correspondence include IMI's contact with other human rights organizations operating out of the Asia Pacific. Further audiovisual material on Burma can be found in the International Monitor Institute Burma Archive records, also at the Rubenstein Library.
[contents of CD have been migrated to the Library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist.]
This subseries contains material regarding human rights abuses in the Middle East, focusing primarily on Iran, Iraq, Jordon, Kuwait and their Kurdish populations. Material formats include overviews of the Middle East Archive, trip itineraries, interviews with political figures, news articles, and correspondence. The majority of correspondence deals with news and film distribution outlets, witness documentaries and collections of other visual material from both European and Gulf networks. Legal documents primarily include license agreements with organizations such as Amnesty International. Tape logs and synopses, tape annotations, and lists of tapes to purchase also comprise this subseries. Additional correspondence can be found under the subsection "People." Further audiovisual material on the Middle East can be found in the International Monitor Institute Middle East Archive records, also at the Rubenstein Library.
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This subseries consists almost entirely of transcripts of the Radio-Télévision Libres des Milles Collines broadcasts inciting genocide, featuring prominently journalists Gaspard Gahie, Valerie Bemeriki, Kantano Kabimana, Anani Nkurunziza, and Georges Ruggiu. Other materials include Rwanda Tribunal commendation letters, interviews with victims and perpetrators, United Nations Security Council resolutions, archive database information, information on documentaries of the genocide, and scholarly material on radio as an instrument of genocide. Further correspondence can be found under the subsection "People." Further audiovisual material on Rwanda can be found in the International Monitor Institute Rwanda Archive records, also at the Rubenstein Library.
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The majority of material in this subseries regards human rights abuses in Africa, including in Burundi, Ethopia/Eritrea, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and in Latin American, especially in El Salvador. Other countries include Haiti, India, Chechnya, and Belarus. The subseries consists primarily of reports from, for example, Amnesty International, as well as general organizational and press records. "People" records include correspondence, press contacts and other figures involved in human rights projects, most prominently the South African Judge Richard Goldstone.
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This subseries includes broadcast logs regarding the status of human rights abuses in various regions, particularly in the Balkans and Rwanda, legal documents such as license agreement contracts and information exchange agreements with organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, or production companies including Linden Productions. Internal organizational records include project summaries and proposals, information regarding funding opportunities, correspondence regarding acquisition of materials, and IMI organizational summaries and brochures and web-design. Documentary projects and scripts, material on video projects such as Berserkistan and Hotspots, and material on child soldiers in various conflicts comprise other noteable material. Included in this subseries but not included in the subseries date span are documents regarding Nuremberg war crimes tribunal from 1945-1946.
Contains maps and posters collected by IMI pertaining to human rights hotspots.