How We Work
Memoria Abierta Oral Archive Documentary Heritage Topography of Memory

If archives guard the memory of people through their documents and make possible the knowledge of the past, the archives that contain information on human rights violations contribute to the promotion of a more democratic political culture and the prevention of future forms of authoritarianism.

In a society such as ours, where there is still work to be done in the search for Truth and Justice, the archives that preserve the history of resistance and struggle constitute a tool that provides documents and resources in a permanent manner and reinforce work towards memory.

This was our conviction when, within the objectives of Memoria Abierta, we proposed to increase the possibilities of the use of the archives of the organizations that compose Memoria Abierta.

After an analysis realized in 2001 on the documentary collections of the organizations, we began the work of preservation, classification, and cataloguing of the documents, with emphasis placed on agreement and cooperation between organizations and the fundamental decision to divulge their collections, facilitating access to them.

Today it is possible to consult a database that gathers more than 27,366 records of documents pertaining to the four member organizations of Memoria Abierta that possess archives. In this way, we centralize in a common database the information relative to the documents while keeping them located in their natural places, the human rights organizations that produced them. The number of documentary registers in the catalogue increases periodically.

How we work

We are conscious of the fact that it is fundamental to improve the conditions of access to the documents in order to carry forward our work for memory, but we know at the same time that the work is not over in the organization of our own documentary sources. For this reason, we simultaneously work on different tasks:

We provide the identification of personal collections and become aware of the importance of their donation and/or digitalisation to facilitate access to them.
We collaborate by advising and contributing to the organization of other archives.
We work on the digitalisation of those historically significant documents to make their online consultation possible.
We work towards and collaborate in the promotion of a legislation that would favour an increased access to information.
We participate in events that contribute to the discussion on themes of archivist politics and the advance in matters of conservation and public access of sensitive documentation.