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Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN), Guatemala / Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive. The physical archive of AHPN  is located in Guatemala City, after it was discovered by accident in 2005. The AHPN contains a vast array of documents—including a significant collection of photographs—related to the Guatemalan conflict between 1960 and 1996. Thanks to an international collaboration, over 10 million documents from the AHPN can be consulted on-line, hosted by the University of Texas, Austin.

Memoria Abierta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Open Memory”  was created in 1999 by a group of Argentine human rights organizations with the aim of ensuring that any documentation related to the military dictatorship (1976-1983) and its consequences are accessible and available for the purposes of research and the education of future generations. Memoria Abierta contains a rich array of photographic materials, including a searchable photography archive

The National Security Archive, The George Washington University, U.S.A. Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive  combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents, leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets. The National Security Archive contains significant documentation related to the Cold War, including photographic materials.

The Southeast Asian Archive at the University of California at Irvine, U.S.A. Located in southern California, this The Southeast Asian Archive contains an extensive collection focused on the experiences of the Southeast Asian diaspora, covering humanitarian crises of resettlement and repatriation. Highlights of the collection include refugee visual culture, community publications, and oral histories.

The Sovfoto Archive, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie Ontario, Canada. Consisting of 23,116 vintage photographs, the Sovfoto archive is the most comprehensive collection documenting the Stalinist era outside Moscow. From 1930 to 1959, these state-sanctioned photographs heralded the accomplishments of a wide range of socialist life, and were used at the Soviet pavilion in international exhibitions. During wartime, photographers' assignments expanded to include images of destruction, heroism, German atrocity, and troops' daily experiences. The collection at this centre features these two types of photos, the majority of which provide additional valuable information in the form of English captions on the verso. 

Vietnam Pictorial, Hanoi, Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh authorized the establishment of this picture magazine in the 1950s, and in 1954—shortly after the Viet Minh gained independence from the French—Vietnam Pictorial launched its inaugural issue. Since then, the magazine has published regular issues in eleven languages, with the aim of informing foreign readers and overseas Vietnamese about life in Vietnam. During the American war, the lavishly illustrated magazine relied on the images supplied by photojournalists working for the Vietnam News Agency to raise the spirits of an embattled nation. To establish the moral resolve of the National Liberation Front, Vietnam Pictorial also reproduced photos taken by Western photojournalists. The head office of Vietnam Pictorial contains complete back issues of the magazine. They are currently being digitized for the History Museum.


Photo courtesy of Vo An Khanh.