Forum for Scholars and Publics: Radio Haiti Lives
The Radio Haiti Archive, housed in the Human Rights Archive at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will be an invaluable resource for scholars, educators, and members of the public interested in twentieth-century Haitian politics, society, and culture. The project will result in the preservation of the comprehensive archives of Radio Haïti-Inter, the voice of Haitian democracy from the station’s genesis in the 1960s to its closure in 2003.
A selection of recordings from the archives of Radio Haiti have been released as part of the newly-launched website, radiohaitilives.com. The site currently features over 50 digitized audio recordings from the Radio Haiti Archives, a brief history of Radio Haïti-Inter, and historical background on the major themes covered in the recording. More recordings will continue to be added, as well as interactive content, such as timelines and maps, which will contextualize the recordings in the larger picture of 20th century Haitian history.
The clips have been selected and digitized from the Radio Haiti Archives, donated to Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library by Michéle Montas in April 2013. Over the course of several years, the entire donation will be digitized.
Listen to Michéle Montas, Laurent Dubois, and Laura Wagner discuss the project on The State of Things: http://wunc.org/post/bringing-back-radio-haiti-station-told-overlooked-stories