The collection contains documentation preserved for the history of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia and caused the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people through execution, starvation, and forced labor. In order to record this history, the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DCCam) was established in 1995 and it has collected more than 155,000 pages of primary Khmer Rouge documents. To better preserve the material, DCCam cataloged it and converted it into microfilm.
DCCam has a partnership with Rutgers University in Newark through Dr. Alex Hinton, Professor of Anthropology. An overseas office of DCCam is situated on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, and several DCCam employees are now pursuing their graduate degrees here. DCCam generously provided a copy of its entire collection in the form of microfilm to Rutgers-Newark. The collection will become even more important when it serves as the principal source of evidentiary materials for the Khmer Rouge tribunal.
A similar Cambodia genocide collection is also available at Yale University. Yale's Sterling Library was the original collaborator with DCCam and microfilmed the first set of documents from the collection. However, Dana Library has a more complete collection that contains newer materials.
How to Access the Collection
The Cambodia Collection at Dana Library consists of 550 reels representing nine sub-collections, all in the form of microfilm. Online access is not available currently. A valid photo ID is required at the reference desk of the library. The users need to fill out a simple form for their personal information and will then helped by a librarian to locate items. Microfilm reader-printer machines are available at the library. Printing and photocopying of items are charged at 15 cents per page. The microfilm reels cannot be taken out of the library.
Indexes for the collections are available in Excel spreadsheets at the following links:
- D Collection
- L Collection
- K Collection
- I, J, Telegrams, Lon Nol Collection
- Notebook Collection
- R Collection
- PA Kandal (KDI) Collection
- PA Kampong Cham (KCI) Collection
- Tuol Sleng Prisoners Collection