The Baghdad and Washington staffs are engaged in a long-term effort to provide the people of Iraq and the world a view of the inner workings of the Ba'thist institutions of repression and social control that dominated all aspects of Iraqi life between 1968 and 2003. The Foundation is preserving, digitizing, classifying.

The current focus of the Documentation Project is the acquisition, digitization, and preservation of document collections. However, considerable annotation work has been undertaken on the older collections (North Iraq and Kuwait), and new research is continuous and forthcoming in the form of monographs, research notes, and research tools.

Research Notes

Document Collections

Various collections of the Iraq Memory Foundation.

Ba'th Regional Command Collection (BRCC)

3 million pages (estimate); digitization on-going, annotation in planning stages, selectively and restrictively accessible—primary geographical span: national; primary chronological span: 1991-2003. A large collection of documents of various functions, the BRCC is the record of reports and correspondence at the headquarters of the ruling Ba‘th Party in Saddam’s Iraq. For a detailed description of its contents, please see the attached “Overview and Actions Required Report”. The BRCC is the current focus of the efforts of the Documentation Project team at the IMF, both because of its inherent importance as a human-rights, academic, and social depository of information, and in recognition of the precarious nature of the conditions on the ground in Baghdad. It is expected that upon the completion of the preliminary phases of processing.

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2004 Secondary Collection

Many documents were acquired by individuals and organizations in the aftermath of the fall of the regime. However, much of these came to be viewed by their holders as liabilities, rather than assets. As a result, many documents were discarded or destroyed. The Iraq Memory Foundation is engaged in an effort to safeguard these collections as a national patrimony. Many millions of pages of such documents have so far been rescued.

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The North Iraq Dataset (NIDS)

2.4 million pages; digitized, annotated, accessible— primary geographical span: Northern governorates; primary chronological span: 1980s. Consisting mainly of the paperwork of security agencies, NIDS provide a rare inside view of the system of oppression by procedures put into application by the regime, against the backdrop of the Iran-Iraq war, the Kurdish insurgency, and the Anfal campaigns.

These documents were created by security, intelligence, military, Ba'th Party, and other government agency offices in northern Iraq, primarily in the three northern governates (provinces) of Sulaymānīyah, Dahūk, and Irbīl. Focusing on these governorates, this series covers the period of the consolidation of power of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iran-Iraq war, the Kurdish insurgency, the Anfal operations of 1987-1988, and the prelude to the second Gulf War. The NIDS provides documentation of the bureaucratic apparatus of the Iraqi State.

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The Kuwait Dataset (KDS)

800,000 pages; digitized, annotated, restrictively accessible— primary geographical span: Iraqi-occupied Kuwait; primary chronological span: 1990-91. Gathered by the Coalition forces upon the retreat of the Iraqi military from Kuwait, KDS provides in harrowing detail a view of the treatment of the civilian population as well as the conduct of war. KDS is particularly rich in content underlining the human condition of both Kuwaiti civilians and Iraqi soldiers entrapped in Saddam’s war.

These documents were created by Iraqi military and political agencies and were gathered by the Coalition forces after the retreat of the Iraqi military from Kuwait in 1991. They document the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait from 1990 to 1991, including the conduct of the war and the treatment of the civilian population. Personal documents left behind by Iraqi soldiers and operatives are included.

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Annotated Documents

The Iraq Memory Foundations holds a number of individual documents of significant value.

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