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Human Rights Documentation Initiative

The UT Libraries' Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world.

Launched in 2008, the HRDI gathers, preserves, and makes accessible a variety of collection types, including paper, audiovisual, and web materials.

The HRDI operates according to a post-custodial model of archives, promoting sustained collaboration between UT Libraries and partner institutions around the world.

Read more about our work.

HRDI Partners and Collections

The HRDI provides access to the archival collections of partner human rights organizations from around the world. Learn more about each of these partners and view their collections here.

Web Archive

The HRDI Web Archive features fragile websites containing human rights documentation and related content from human rights organizations across the globe, dating back to 2009.

Finding Aids

Finding aids for the HRDI's archival collections are available via the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) web portal. These finding aids include collections that are not available online.