On trial: Argentina, 1975-1980: The Making of U.S. Human Rights Policy

Thanks to a request from student in HCA the Library currently has trial access to Argentina, 1975-1980: The Making of U.S. Human Rights Policy, just one of the primary source collections from Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) published by ProQuest. This collection chronicles the development of U.S. policy as it attempts to deal with the tragedy experienced in Argentina during the critical, formative period of the late 1970’s.

You can access the database via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 19th December 2018.

It was a turbulent and traumatic time in Argentina in the late 1970s, featuring a political collapse verging on civil war; a military coup; and massive illegal detentions, torture and kidnappings. Argentina, 1975-1980 comprises 2,429 documents and these documents show U.S. officials grappling with human rights violations on a scale never heard of in the Western Hemisphere, underscored by the dramatic disappearance of tens of thousands of people at the hands of the security forces.

[Screenshot from Argentina, 1975-1980] United, States Embassy. 1977. List of 7,500 “Disappeareds” and Detainees Presented in Connection with Secretary Vance’s Visit. ProQuest.

The declassified records in this set, most of them acquired by National Security Archive project staff and never before published, illustrate the birth of human rights as a priority in U.S. foreign policy – along with more traditional concerns ranging from the spread of international communism to nuclear proliferation in Latin America.

The database can be accessed for the duration of the trial period via e-resources trials.
Access available until 19th December 2018.
Feedback welcome.

The Library already has access to 11 collections from DNSA, which you can access from the Databases A-Z list or Primary sources database list. You can access them all under the entry for Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) or they all have their own individual entries on the lists as well. The 11 collections are:

  • Chile and the United States: U.S. Policy toward Democracy, Dictatorship, and Human Rights, 1970–1990
  • CIA Family Jewels Indexed.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary Update.
  • Electronic Surveillance and the National Security Agency: From Shamrock to Snowden.
  • The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983–1988.
  • Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980–1994.
  • The Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977.
  • The Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977.
  • U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968.
  • U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology