Human Rights Studies: Primary Source Documents and Archives

Research guide for Human Rights Studies MA

Human Rights Archives

  • Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Columbia University Libraries
    CHRDR is the official designated repository for the archival collections and internal records of major Human Rights organizations such as Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, the Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights First.
  • Human Rights Archive, Duke University,
    "The Human Rights Archive partners with the human rights community to preserve the history and legacy of human rights around the world."
  • Human Rights Documentation Initiative, University of Texas at Austin
    "The UT Libraries' Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world."

Primary Source Documents

Basic Documents Pertaining to Human Rights in the Inter-American System

from the Organization of American States.

Human Rights Documents: Compilation of Documents Pertaining to Human Rights: U.S. Laws on Human Rights; Basic U.N. Human Rights Instruments.
U.S. Government Documents Microfiche Y 4 .F 76/1: H 88/25

The International Bill of Human Rights

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Treaty Bodies Database  This database was established to meet the growing interest in the bodies established to monitor the principal international human rights treaties, also known as "conventional mechanisms": the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee against Torture, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project, Columbia University
This web-based project considers the influence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on international and domestic law, politics and affairs over the last half century. It asks how and why international human rights have emerged, survived and even flourished as a shared ideology in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Universal Human Rights Instruments, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Contains the full texts of over 90 international human rights treaties, declarations and principles, as well as their status of ratification.