Permiten el acceso a más de 500 cajas con documentos históricos


El Archivo Provincial de la Memoria, que funciona en la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos, puede ser consultado por cualquier ciudadano.

Las tareas de investigación y reconstrucción de la memoria ya es un poco más fácil en Santa Fe. El Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos presentó el reglamento de consulta, uno y acceso al Archivo Provincial de la Memoria, cuyo valor documental es de los más importantes en la provincia.

Este cúmulo de documentos, contiene valiosos datos sobre violaciones a los derechos humanos y cuenta, entre sus principales objetivos, aportar a los juicios por delitos de lesa humanidad para el esclarecimiento de lo sucedido con detenidos y desaparecidos durante la última dictadura militar.










El archivo funciona en la órbita de la Dirección provincial de Investigación y Reconstrucción de la Memoria Histórica. Fue creado por decreto en 2006, pero, en el 2009 los fondos documentales que estaban dispersos se centralizaron por decisión de los ministros de Gobierno y Reforma del Estado y de Justicia, Antonio Bonfatti y de Justicia y Derechos Humanos, Héctor Superti.

Finalmente, en el mes de abril, las cajas con los expedientes, llegaron a su lugar de consulta que es la sede de la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos, ubicada en calle Saavedra 2.059 y ahora puede ser visitado en horario administrativo por cualquier persona, investigador, periodista, abogados, además de los casos de los familiares de las víctimas que van por un derecho propio. Está compuesto por 500 cajas con documentación que ocupan dos habitaciones. Contienen la documentación de los famosos archivos ideológicos o de la represión que se encontraron a fines de la década del 80 en una oficina del entrepiso de la Casa de Gobierno.

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Digitalizan los archivos del terror

La Universidad de Texas lanzó ayer el acceso en línea a los documentos digitalizados del Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala (AHPN). Así se permitirá el acceso universal a los registros sobre atrocidades cometidas por este organismo desde 1882. La actividad, programada en la sede del AHPN en Ciudad de Guatemala, incluyó un mensaje a cargo de Graciela Ramírez Monasterio, hermana del sacerdote franciscano Fray Augusto Ramírez Monasterio, en representación de familiares de víctimas y usuarios del archivo en línea. Ramírez Monasterio fue asesinado por las fuerzas de seguridad en noviembre de 1983, tras ser secuestrado y torturado por agentes de la PN, en el marco de un conflicto armado que cobró al menos 250 mil víctimas durante 36 años de confrontación, que concluyeron en 1996 con la firma de la paz. El archivo digital fue inaugurado en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Texas, en Austin, el 2 de diciembre durante la clausura de la conferencia “Políticas de la Memoria: el Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala”.



Research sheds new light on Nazi-era art

German art institute puts more than 100,000 photographs from Munich art exhibitions online

By Julia Michalska. News, Issue 230, December 2011
Published online: 06 December 2011

Images documenting the Nazi-sponsored Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung (GDK) have been made available to the public for the first time in an online catalogue created by Munich’s Central Institute for Art History. More than 100,000 photographs, categorised by artist, genre, theme and, remarkably, buyer, have shed new light on the annual art exhibition, giving an insight into officially approved art of the Third Reich and the collecting taste of its citizens.

“When we started working with the photographs, we realised there was a difference between what the secondary literature has told us about the exhibition and what it was actually like,” says Christian Fuhrmeister, an art historian from the Central Institute. According to Fuhrmeister, previous research relied on exhibition catalogues that listed works but failed to reproduce them.
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For the record: MoMA’s oral history project

James Rosenquist and Ed Ruscha are among the artists talking about their work for posterity

By Erica Cooke. Museums, Issue 230, December 2011
Published online: 08 December 2011

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will reinstall James Rosenquist’s F-111, 1964-65, recreating the way it was first installed in Leo Castelli’s Upper East Side gallery in 1965. Due to be unveiled shortly (the exact date has not yet been confirmed), the event complements the New York museum’s oral history project. MoMA’s curators and archivists are interviewing artists alongside their work in the collection. In addition to recording Rosenquist alongside F-111, they plan to interview Ed Ruscha and Vito Acconci. Dan Graham, Yvonne Rainer and Vija Celmins have already been interviewed.

The museum has collected oral histories for more than 20 years, but the 90 interviews in its archive primarily document “the machinations of the institution”, says Michelle Elligott, MoMA’s senior archivist, who is leading the institution’s Artist Oral History Initiative. The new project aims “to increase our understanding of artists’ ideas, intentions, working methods and specifically the materials and any sort of history or context that goes along with these products,” says Elligott. The project, which has a year’s initial funding thanks to an anonymous donor, began in the spring. If further funding is secured, the museum hopes to interview more artists on its 30-strong shortlist.
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AP Impact: Right-to-know laws often ignored


AP National Writer Updated 09:03 a.m.,



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Satbir Sharma’s wife is dead. His family lives in fear in rural India. His father’s left leg is shattered, leaving him on crutches for life. Sharma’s only hope lies in a new law that gives him the right to know what is happening in the investigation of his wife’s death. Most of all, he wants to know what will happen to the village mayor, now in jail on murder charges. He talks quietly, under his breath, because his two young sons still think their mother is sick in the hospital and will come home. He pats a tidy stack of government documents perched on a table, under the gaze of Hindu gods from pictures on the wall. «At least,» he says sadly, «we have the truth.»

EDITOR’S NOTE — More than 100 countries have legislation that — on paper — gives citizens the right to know what is happening in their governments. The Associated Press has tested these laws worldwide for the first time. Readers are invited to submit suggestions for future freedom of information requests in any country at ___ The promise is magnificent: More than 5.3 billion people in more than 100 countries now have the right — on paper — to know the truth about what their government is doing behind closed doors. Such laws have spread rapidly over the past decade, and when they work, they present a powerful way to engage citizens and expose corruption. However, more than half the countries with such laws do not follow them, The Associated Press found in the first worldwide test of this promised freedom of information. And even when some countries do follow the law, the information unearthed can be at best useless and at worst deadly. Right-to-know laws reflect a basic belief that information is power and belongs to the public. In a single week in January, AP reporters tested this premise by submitting questions about terrorism arrests and convictions, vetted by experts, to the European Union and the 105 countries with right-to-know laws or constitutional provisions. AP also interviewed more than 100 experts worldwide and reviewed hundreds of studies. Among its findings: — Only 14 countries answered in full within their legal deadline. Another 38 countries eventually answered most questions, at least providing data. — Newer democracies were in general more responsive than some developed ones. Guatemala confirmed the AP request in 72 hours, and sent all documents in 10 days. Turkey sent spreadsheets and data within seven days. Mexico posted responses on the Web. By comparison, Canada asked for a 200-day extension. The FBI in the United States responded six months late with a single sheet with four dates, two words and a large section blanked. Austria never responded at all. — More than half the countries did not release anything, and three out of 10 did not even acknowledge the request. African governments led the world for ignoring requests, with no response whatsoever from 11 out of 15 countries. — Dozens of countries adopted their laws at least in part because of financial incentives, and so are more likely to ignore them or limit their impact. China changed its access-to-information rules as a condition to joining the World Trade Organization in 2001, to boost the economy by as much as 10 percent. Beijing has since expanded the rules beyond trade matters. Pakistan adopted its 2002 ordinance in return for $1.4 billion in aid from the International Monetary Fund. Neither country responded to the AP’s test. «Having a law that’s not being obeyed is almost worse than not having a law at all,» says Daniel Metcalf, the leading U.S. Freedom of Information authority at the Justice Department for the past 25 years, now a law professor at American University. «The entire credibility of a government is at stake.» ___ India is the best example in the world of both the promise and the peril of right-to-know laws. India was one of just 14 countries that replied to the AP’s request in full and on time. Authorities responded within their legal deadline of a month, and even gave more than was asked: A state-by-state breakdown. Indians filed about 24,400 right-to-know requests in 2006, the year after the country’s information law passed. Last year, the government fielded more than a million and said it responded to most. India now boasts of at least a dozen blogs dedicated exclusively to right to information issues. Sigue leyendo «AP Impact: Right-to-know laws often ignored»


Tennessee Archives preservation project protects ‘tapestry of life’

Tennessee State Library and Archives painstakingly saves old state Supreme Court records

Wearing a heavy apron and armed with scissors, a brush, a sponge, pliers and a magnifying glass, Todd Wallwork huddles over a table in the basement of the Tennessee State Library and Archives and tends to a seemingly endless flow of Tennessee court records dating back more than two centuries.

Delicate work with fragile, largely handwritten documents isn’t what Wallwork had in mind when he accepted a position as a digital materials librarian, but such is the importance of the library and archives’ efforts to preserve 10,000 boxes of Supreme Court cases from the state’s birth to the 1950s. Wallwork is one of about 20 employees who devote four hours a week to the project.















“I don’t know too many people in the building who don’t do it,” he said. “It’s kind of nice to come down here and deal with paper.”

The boxes take up an entire half of the eighth floor of the library and archives building on Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville and constitute what Assistant State Archivist Wayne Moore called “the largest body of official state records we have.”

Moore said he doesn’t know of any other state that has “grappled with the entire body of its Supreme Court” cases as Tennessee is now doing.

The case files were largely neglected in the attic of the Capitol building across the street for years, where they accumulated coal dust during the latter half of the 19th century because most Nashville buildings were heated by coal. The records are in dire need of inventorying and preservation.

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