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   David R. Hawk Cambodia Witness Exhibit / Curated by Joan Libby for Amnesty International (USA), 1981-1987

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); David R. Hawk: Cambodia Witness Exhibit, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The collection includes 52 photographs and a map that were part of the Cambodia Witness Exhibit (1983). It also includes the exhibit brochure, catalog list, and a file on the exhibit from its coordinator, Joan Libby. The photographs were taken by David Hawk during two trips to Cambodia in March 1981 and April 1982. The exhibit includes images of the prison at Tuol Sleng, prisoners (from existing files), survivors, mass graves, and the destruction of temples and churches.

At a Glance

Bib ID:6269848 View CLIO record
Creator(s):David R. Hawk
Title:David R. Hawk Cambodia Witness Exhibit / Curated by Joan Libby for Amnesty International (USA), 1981-1987
Physical description:1 Linear Foot (52 Photographs, 1 Map, and 2 Files in 3 Oversized Boxes; Text Panels in 1 Oversized Box)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of both black & white and color photographs used in the Cambodia Witness Exhibit (1983).

The first series contains two paper files of material related to the exhibit. The first file contains the exhibit brochure and the catalog list of exhibit materials. The catalog list includes a number, title and caption for all exhibit items, except for three "optional" photographs of executed prisoners and a map of Cambodia. The second file contains documentation on the exhibit kept by its coordinator, Joan Libby. Other files on the Cambodia Witness Exhibit may be found in other record groups of the archives of Amnesty International of the USA, Inc.

The second series contains the exhibit material. The photographs are filed using the titles, numbers and original order described by the exhibit's catalog list. The three "optional" exhibit photographs and the map are filed last.

The photographs document several subjects: Tuol Sleng (Images of the interior and exterior of the prison); prisoners (Images of entry photographs and of executed prisoners taken from existing records in Cambodia); survivors (Images include surviving prisoners, Buddhist monks and nuns, and Cham, an ethnic minority); mass graves and memorials (Images of sites at Cheung Ek, Tonle Bati, Ta Mon, and Siem Reap); and destroyed religious buildings (Images are predominantly of destroyed Buddhist temples. There is one image of the site of a destroyed Catholic cathedral).

The exhibit text panels will be scanned and copies included in the collection for use and reference.

Series I: Files on the Exhibit, 1981-1987

Series II: Exhibit Materials, 1983

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from Amnesty International of the USA, Inc.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); David R. Hawk: Cambodia Witness Exhibit, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Finding aid in repository; folder level control.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed June 2007 Catherine N. Carson

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion November 7, 2008 Finding aid written in English.
    2008-11-07 File created.
    2009/01/16 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor
    2009-05-15 xml document instance edited by Catherine N. Carson

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

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Amnesty International USA.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cambodia--History--1975-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cambodia--Politics and government--1975-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Extrajudicial executions--Cambodia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hawk, David R.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Human rights--Cambodia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mass burials--Cambodia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memorials--Cambodia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Party of Democratic Kampuchea.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Prisoners--Cambodia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Prisons--Cambodia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tuol Sleng (Prison : Phnom Penh, Cambodia)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

Amnesty International (AI), a non-governmental organization (NGO), was founded in 1961 to campaign for internationally recognized human rights. In its early years, the main focus of AI's campaigns was to free prisoners of conscience. Within a short time, its mandate expanded to include campaigning for prompt and fair trails for all political prisoners, to end extrajudicial executions and disappearances, and to abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment or punishment. The organization also works to bring perpetrators of these abuses to justice in accordance with international standards.

Amnesty International of the USA, Inc. (AIUSA) is the United States section of Amnesty International. AIUSA was incorporated in 1966. The section is governed by a Board of Directors. The work of the section is carried out through the national office, regional offices, networks, country specialists (co-groups), student groups and local groups.

The photographs for the Cambodia Witness Exhibit were taken by David Hawk during two trips to Cambodia in March 1981 and April 1982. Hawk had worked on Cambodian relief and refugee issues while based in Bangkok, Thailand during 1980-1981. Hawk later became the Director of the Cambodian Documentation Commission in the mid-1980s and directed the Cambodia Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in the 1990s. He has also been involved in other human rights issues

The Cambodia Witness Exhibit was organized and sponsored by Amnesty International USA, of which David Hawk is a former executive director (1974-1978), and was first shown in Washington D.C. in April 1983.

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