& Documentation Centre (RDC)
The Eritrean Documentary
Collection is already quite comprehensive and includes sections on: Agriculture, Atrocities,
Culture, Customary law, History, the Armed struggle and our Post-independence
experiences, Women, Language, Refugees, POW’s, Health, the Economy, Education,
In total some 496 titles from the following periods are kept in RDC's growing collection.
There are geographical and political maps of Eritrea and records of Ethiopian military operations. The maps contain much unique and valuable information and are receiving high retention priority . There are also some architectural records and plans mainly of the capital, Asmara.
The Photographic Collection of the
RDC dates back to the 1950s.
The photographs are being organized thematically, chronologically, and departmentally.
The preparation of card catalogues is envisaged. Meantime, the Accession
list serves as a search index. The photographic collection covers
and the armed struggle periods: and the topics include education, social
life, health, military operations, factories, portraits of martyrs, women,
Audio Collection dates back to 1972, but the majority of the audio-cassettes,
reel-to-reel, mini disks and gramophone recordings have been acquired since 1987. The
subject matter which the RDC preserves includes: news reports, correspondence, interviews, radio programs, and music
is also a separate collection of cassettes that deal solely with atrocities
perpetrated by the Ethiopian
regime during the occupation and subsequent warfare. The cassettes are organized geographically according
to the regions of Eritrea.
RDC houses all the EPLF’s radio programs, audio-cassettes and reels-to-reel collected
between 1979-1991. The radio program reels have been recorded in several languages:
Tigrinya, Arabic, Tigre, Kunama, Afar, English and Amharic.
video collection dates back to 1974 and contains interviews,
reports , documentary
films, activities of
Ethiopian POWs, victims of Ethiopian atrocities
, documentary films, activities of Ethiopian POWs, victims of Ethiopian atrocitiesand life during the armed struggle, especially in the EPLF period.
The Research and Documentation Centre