Genocide Archive of Rwanda

The Genocide Archive of Rwanda is the first of its kind in Rwanda. The collections include photographs, objects, audio recordings, video recordings, documents and publications as well as interactive mapping data.

The materials are preserved by international standards and are accessible locally to those who visit the archive and documentation department’s physical archive at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The physical archive room is both temperature and humidity controlled to ensure items are stored safely.

The objectives of the archive and documentation department for the Genocide Archive of Rwanda’ collections are:

  • To collect all kind of materials related to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, sourced from libraries, academic institutions, survivor organisations and individual donors, locally and internationally.
  • To preserve the collections by international standards.
  • To provide universal access to the collections.
  • To encourage students, teachers and researchers to use the collections as educational resource to teach about the history of the genocide, the dangers of genocide denial, and the importance of genocide prevention.
  • To contribute to the development of local archive management capacity, through specialised trainings in physical and digital preservation and archiving methodologies skills.

The archive and documentation department allows previously inaccessible material to be consulted for personal, educational, and research purposes. Our collections are constantly expanding as new materials are either collected or donated, locally and internationally. The archive also includes a publicly accessible reference library containing scholarship on all major twentieth century genocides.

Sharing information about the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda not only contributes to the preservation of its memory, but also serves as an educational tool for future generations. The Genocide Archive of Rwanda enables this by facilitating local and international research on the genocide and encouraging the world to understand genocide and its prevention.

To learn more about our work or to contribute to the archive, please contact us.