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Title:Archives of anti-colonial resistance and the liberation struggle (AACRLS): an integrated programme to fill the colonial gaps in the archival record of Namibia
Author:Ndeshi Namhila, EllenISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Volume:4
Issue:1
Pages:168-178
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:national archives
colonial history
Abstract:National archives inherited from former colonial regimes suffer from a distorted record that marginalised the colonised people, and ignored or misrepresented their efforts for self-determination. Archives were further depleted by the removal of vitally important records to the colonizing metropolis. As a result, the value of the archives as the memory of the entire nation is diminished. The article describes the efforts by the National Archives of Namibia to rectify this situation through a programme of repatriating or copying migrated, displaced and shared archives, collecting private records and oral history, and popularizing the history of anti-colonial struggles. It concludes that despite considerable successes, the task at hand is far from accomplished and needs further sustained effort. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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