Activities of and developments at Friends of Archives Bangladesh (FAB)
September 30, 2013, 10:40 pm
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1.       International Right to Know Day, 28 September

On the occasion of “International Right to Know Day” (RTKD), 28th of September, Friends of Archives of Bangladesh (FAB) arranged a seminar about “Right to Information” (RTI). Members of Bandhusova  and an association to save archeological sites participated in the programme. Muhammad Lutful Haq, advisor “Research and Archives” at the Daily Prothom Alo, presented a paper in the seminar. Besides, Hasan Kamrul, digital Archivist of the Daily Prothom Alo, and Azizul Rasel, historian and researcher of Prothom Alo, spoke in the seminar. “Right to know” is synonymous to “Right to Information”. RTKD is internationally observed since 2003. The aim is to raise awareness of every individual’s right to access to government held information and to know how elected officials are exercising power and how tax payers’ money is being spent. There are many examples in Bangladesh showing the failure of The RTI Act, thus the act has still to be implemented fully (it was passed by parliament in 2009). Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) from their side arranged information fairs at 45 districts to observe the Right To know Day 2013.


 2.       Visits of foreign specialists

Several foreign archivists and researchers visited FAB at the Daily Prothom Alo News, Editorial and Commercial Office, CA Bhaban, 100 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue Karwan Bazar Dhaka-1215 Bangladesh.

Anna Czajka, Advisor, Head office of State Archives, Poland, delivered a lecture on archives and records management in Poland on 24 of August. Lecture was principally about how the Polish Archives does the conservation and preservation of their archival documents which were in a very deplorable condition. Polish State Archives are studying the possible support of a preservation project at National Archives Bangladesh (NAB).


On August 15 staff of Prothom Alo (Muhammad Lutful Haque, Mir Fazle Ahmed Chowdhury, Hasan Kamrul, Azizul Rasel, Marufa Haque, Mehbuba Sonia, Rehana Parvin) had a meeting with Dutch researcher Mrs. Dr. Kathinka Sinha-kerkhoff. Mrs. Sinha-Kerkhoff is “Head South Asia of the International Institute of Social History” (Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis in Amsterdam, IISG) and actually living in India. Discussion was about archives and topics about her organization (IISG has relations with Heritage Archives Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and has several collections from Bangladesh).


Mrs. Trudy Huskamp Peterson, a renowned archivist of USA and leading figure in ARM world, will be visiting Bangladesh soon. FAB has invited her on this occasion to join some of its activities during her visit. Mrs. Huskamp Peterson was Acting Archivist of the USA from 1993 – 1995, vice-president of ICA 1993 – 1995, and is actually a consulting archivist.


3.       Visits on location by Md. Lutful Haq

A visit to Capai Nawabgong on 7 September by Lutful Haq, seminar and discussion on Archives and Records Management (ARM) with Bondhusova and young people. Special attention was given to Family Archives and Liberation War Archives (not all of them traceable). Long day, lot of commitments and great enthusiasm. They also agreed to work for the development of ARM in Bangladesh.


Partition Archive 1947 of the Indian Subcontinent
September 5, 2013, 10:38 pm
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Partition Archive 1947 of the Indian Subcontinent

The 1947 Partition Archive, a project at the University of California, Berkeley, that is recording oral histories of the period when British India was dividing into India and
Pakistan, was featured in a major story in the New York Times.  For the project
website, with links to press coverage, see url. The mission statement of The Partition Archive community is as follows: “We are concerned global citizens committed to preserving this chapter of our collective history. We come from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, nationalities, and professions. It is our view that a strong foundation in history will pave the way for a more enlightened future for the subcontinent and hence the world“.