The Guantánamo Public Memory Project (GPMP) seeks to build public awareness of the long history of the US naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and foster dialogue on the future of this place and the policies it shapes. The GPMP documentary collection will be housed by the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library which will create a new publicly accessible archive for the collection. The documentary collection will be housed by the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, part of Columbia University Libraries and Information Services. Digital material will be housed by the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), a collaborative with many partners.

The full collection will include documents, photographs, and other material about the long history of the US naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from the War of 1898 through the present. The digital archive at dLOC will include digitized material as well as dozens of audio and video interviews. It will document the social history of everyday life on the base at different moments, as well as periods of crisis and conflict. Some of the first pieces of the collection include photographs of construction on the base in the early 20th century; a cookbook created by Navy wives in the early 1960s, featuring a combination of patriotic American recipes and Cuban cuisine; photographs of Haitian refugee camps in 1992 taken by a social worker that provide rare views into the struggles there. The material is being donated by individuals across the country and around the world with diverse experience on the base. The Project will begin identifying potential donors at the beginning of 2013; over time the material will be processed and made available to the public.

If you are interested in donating material, or have suggestions for additional archives or resources, please email

See all of the materials from Columbia in dLOC, including the Columbia Law Library. >>

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project blog for more on the Project. >>