Renowned archivist, Trudy Huskamp Peterson, was invited to the Wilson Center earlier this year to speak about her last publication with the center, Final Acts. As the Chair of the ICA Human Rights Working Group, former President of the Society of American Archivist, and recipient of the French Order of Arts & Letters Award, Trudy is the authority on archival issues in human rights.
The Wilson Center ON DEMAND posted a video of Trudy’s appearance. In it Trudy filters her expansive experiences in constructing, examining and improving archives all over the world with post-conflict trauma and regime change, largely related to cases in Egypt where destruction of archives has definitely occurred. Trudy readily admits she is not so optimistic about reconciliation but believes in transformation and institutional reform. She shares her views on the involvement and sometimes ostensible role of state archives in protecting violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Trudy also discusses the different bodies of justice and courts which are currently supported by the work of archives worldwide.